More than 200 third- through sixth-graders participated in the annual Justin Wynn Leadership Academy 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on March 14 at Evanston Township High School’s Beardsley Gym. Proceeds of the tournament will benefit True North Treks, an Evanston organization that uses peer support and mindful awareness practices to help teens and young adults diagnosed with cancer.
Thirty-three teams (121 players) participated in the 3rd/4th grade tournament. The first place winners were Dylan Mayer, Will Morrison, Graham Mastros, and Evan Kanellos, all from Avoca West school in Wilmette. Taking second place were Ryder Bellios, Trey Vandervelde, Javon Swansey, and Theo Darling, all from Lincolnwood school in Evanston.
Twenty-five teams (90 players) participated in the 5th/6th grade tournament. The first place winners were Cyrus Walker, Adam Hammock, Jack Kalil, and Marvel Truesdell, all from Dewey. The second place winners are Aiden O’Hare, Fritz Allen, Matthew Mabadi, and Conner Groff, all from Haven.
The Justin Wynn Leadership Academy helps youth develop leadership skills and a deep sense of responsibility for improving their communities. The Fund was created in 1987, when Justin Wynn died in an accident at the age of 9. Though just beginning his life, Justin exemplified the qualities of leadership, citizenship and sportsmanship.