The 13th – and Final – Tommy Ashton Basketball Tournament

My cousin Tommy Ashton was murdered in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

From the landmark New York Times Portraits of Grief:

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Saddest day ever.

Since then, Tommy’s sisters Colleen and Mary have shepherded the Thomas Ashton Foundation, which has an annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and has donated over $285,000 to worthily charitable organizations and local projects (list of recipients here).


Next month will see the final Tommy Ashton 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at St. Sebastian Parish Center in Woodside, Queens, where the Ashtons have long resided.

It’s a great story. Here’s hoping one of the Big Town dailies picks it up.

(And yes – I’ll be contacting them to do just that.)

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