Ace Sindico, Staff Writer
This past weekend the senior men’s basketball team was able to take home the gold at the first annual David Adomako-Ansah Basketball Tournament here at Archbishop MacDonald High School. They remained undefeated throughout the tournament, finishing in the championship with a 91-72 victory over the Paul Kane Blues. The senior women ended up with a 3rd place finish, with victories over the Ardrossan Bisons and the MMM Storm. It was an exciting opportunity for Mac athletes to display the outcome of their hard work, while highlighting the legacy of a young man who embodied the meaning of being a Mac Marauder.
Mac pride was on full display, with packed gyms and constant “Mac’s House” chants by the passionate student body who continued to support their fellow Marauders throughout the weekend. It was the first time Mac has hosted a tournament in years, and it included Thursday’s opening ceremonies, Friday’s pep rally and Saturday’s pancake breakfast, all organized by the Mac Student Union. All this was on top of the exciting matchups displayed by both the men’s and women’s teams, including key execution displayed down the stretch by grade 12 veteran leadership in the senior men’s 74-65 nail-biter finish with our across-the-street rivals, the Edmonton Christian Lions.
David Adomako-Ansah was a former student who was actively involved in the MAC community. Adomako-Ansah endured a long battle with lupus, an autoimmune disease which affects the lives of men, women and children of all ages. In June of 2013 he passed away, leaving behind a legacy of passion, generosity and love that inspires many people throughout the Edmonton community today.
All proceeds collected went towards the David Adomako-Ansah Leadership Award.
“This scholarship is designed to recognize and promote excellence in volunteer service and leadership by a grade 12 Archbishop MacDonald student who demonstrates commitment to Archbishop MacDonald High School and at the community level while promoting advocacy on behalf of others. This scholarship will reward a student who demonstrates the same level of generosity, passion, philanthropy, and love for others that David did.”-The David Adomako-Ansah Leadership Award application
With its inaugural year a success, I am certain that this tournament will become an annually anticipated event throughout the Mac community for years to come.
(To learn more about what the David Adomako-Ansah Leadership Award entails and how to apply, follow this link.)