Community breaks ground on basketball court in honor of teen
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ADAMS, Mass. -- His favorite pastime was a pick-up basketball game. That's until a tragic car accident claimed the life of Dana Labbee. Though, Labbee’s memory lives on, as loved ones come together to build a basketball court in his honor.
Labbee’s father, along with Adams town leaders and community members broke ground Monday on a new basketball court for the Dana Labbee Summer Basketball League.
Labbee was killed three years ago in a car accident. He was 17 and nearing graduation from Hoosac Valley High School. Since his death, loved ones formed a summer basketball league in Labbee’s honor.
It started with 80 kids, though grew to 180 last summer, prompting league organizers to figure out a way to build a new basketball court.
Local companies will donate cement, asphalt and man hours to build the court. It's generosity Labbee's dad says is a testament to the community's strength.
"Just all of this for the community, it’s something that all the kids can come to. It's better than having them on the streets and what not," said Dana Labbee Sr., Dana's father.
"We have a close community here and we watch one another's children and we want to help one another's children. That's what Dana was all about. He loved to help others," said Greg Charon, founder, Dana Labbee Summer Basketball League.
The goal is to finish the court by the end of June.
The basketball league still needs to raise money to purchase two basketball goals. If you'd like to help, you can give the league a call at (413) 281-7716 or visit its website, danabasketball.org.