Eight teams, representing different eras of Fond du Lac high school basketball, will play in the ultimate tournament. Games will begin at 9 a.m., with the championship game beginning at 4 p.m. News Talk 1450 KFIZ will be broadcasting the championship game.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Camp Oasis. Camp Oasis, located in Waupaca, is for children ages 10 to 17 suffering from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. "Cagers for Crohn's" strives to raise at least $10,000 for the camp.
Fond du Lac Basketball alumni committed to playing in the tournament include former All-State and/or Division 1 players Brian Bestor, Brad Bestor, Joe Harmsen, Eric Grams, Adam Zakos, Drew Diener, Drake Diener, Travis Diener of the Orlando Magic and Robby Springborn.
About a year ago, former Fond du Lac high school and DePaul University basketball star Drake Diener was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, an ongoing disorder that causes inflammation of the digestive tract. The diagnosis came as Diener worked toward his goal of playing in the NBA. He endured numerous operations and eventually lost over 45 pounds.
In the last year, Diener has made extraordinary progress and recently resumed his dream through workouts for NBA teams. However, through his illness he saw a need to educate people about this disease, especially educating people about Camp Oasis, which allows children with the disease the opportunity to "be kids" for one week each summer.
The public can participate through an online auction of sports memorabilia including items from the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, the University of Wisconsin, Marquette University, Green Bay Packers and the Miami Heat. Items will also be raffled off the day of the tournament.
The public can also send their monetary support to National Exchange Bank; Attn: Teri, Customer Service; P.O. Box 988; Fond du Lac, WI 54935. Checks should be made out to "CCFA."
For more information visit www.kfiz.com and listen to News-Talk 1450 KFIZ.
"Cagers for Crohn's" to Benefit Camp Oasis
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