Published December 20, 2012
The Sam Robb Memorial Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament will be held Thursday to Saturday, December 27-29, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Blessed Trinity High School, Roswell; Holy Redeemer School, Johns Creek; Marist High School, Atlanta; Queen of Angels School, Roswell; and St. Jude the Apostle School, Atlanta.
Tournament teams are from the Catholic Metro League of Atlanta (CMLA), a recreational league for girls and boys in the 4th to eighth grades, as well as other local Christian schools. Over the past six years, the tournament has raised over $75,000 to benefit the Sam Robb Fund at CURE Childhood Cancer.
Robb, who attended Blessed Trinity High School, was a standout athlete. Diagnosed in 2002 with osteosarcoma, he continued to play sports in high school and college. He died in 2007.
“Our son, Sam, was a tremendous athlete, and this tournament is our way of honoring his athletic and giving spirit. We are blessed that so many local youth come together each year to participate in a sport he loved and to support a cause that ultimately cost Sam his life,” said Annamarie Robb, his mother and organizer of the annual tournament, which is in its sixth year.
She said, “Nothing will bring Sam back to us, but we can ensure we are doing everything we can to support other families going through cancer treatment and to ultimately find a cure for childhood cancers.”
Proceeds from the tournament will support the Sam Robb Fund, which funds a pediatric cancer research fellow at Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as well as Open Arms, a meal delivery program to cancer patients and families through CURE.
Over 700 local youth representing 70 local teams will participate in this year’s event. The cost is $5 per day for adults and $10 for a three-day pass. Children up to 12 years old are admitted for $1 per day or $2 for a tournament pass.