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Six-month-old inspires basketball tournament
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- A couple who lost their six-month-old son earlier this year is turning his short life into a legacy to help other kids get opportunities to do what he was unable to do.
Mason Pierre McKan died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in January. His parents, Kate and Ron McKan, have set up a scholarship fund in his name and are partnering with BX Strength and Speed Development to put on the first ever Mase Madness basketball tournament this August.
The tournament will consist of four divisions consisting of high school boys, girls, mens competitive and mens recreational brackets. Proceeds will provide middle school aged kids an opportunity to get involved in sports.
The McKans say that as soon as they found out they were having a boy, they wanted sports to be a part of his life.
"Ron actually, I recall a conversation, Mason hadn't even been born yet, he was way too tiny for sneakers and certainty couldn't handle a ball yet, but I overheard him on the phone talking to friends saying that 'I've got to call Rob and get this kid into BX.' I mean, we knew before we met him that that's just what he was going to do," Kate McKan said.
The tournament is August 11th and 12th at Johnson City Middle School.
For more information about the games or about the Mason P. McKan Scholarship Fund, visit www.masemadness.com.
People can donate to the Mason P. McKan Scholarship fund by sending checks to 74 Bennett Ave., Binghamton, N.Y. 13905.