makayla’s street jam!

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 On August 3rd – 4th, the community of Ferndale gathered together to launch the first annual “Makayla’s Street Jam”. This basketball tournament was created in order to celebrate and honor the life of Makayla Nicolaas as well as to raise funds for childhood cancer research. We are so grateful to this incredible community for their vision, heart and investment in the work that is happening at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research

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Here is a summary from one of the event organizers, Kay:

We ended up with 80 teams. Most were from Whatcom county, but we also had teams from Sammamish, Lynwood, Snohomish, Mill Creek and Mt. Vernon. We ran divisions for Girls 5-9 and Boys 3-9. Our hope would be to increase the number of divisions next year. We ran 154 games on 8 courts. 

We had a DJ company provide music the entire weekend and made good use of his equipment to make announcements throughout the entire tourney. We had Little Caesars, cotton candy, kettle corn, hot dogs shaved ice and espresso. Some of our kids also had a candy booth and there was a sock vendor.

Our community is so giving! We had 7 Court Sponsors, 8 Supporting Sponsors, 12 Division Sponsors, several “Friends of Makayla” and countless volunteers!  Teams seemed to really enjoy the event and can’t wait until next year. Two companies want to sponsor next year and can’t believe they didn’t know to do it this year! We have been advised to buy 6 more hoops for next year!

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Thank you to everyone who participated in this inaugural event!  To the Nicolass family, their friends, all the volunteers, the players/teams, the referees, this community and more! Your efforts to both honor Makayla and to further our mission of changing the way we treat and cure childhood cancer means so much!