OLF basketball tournament honors late graduate
Our Lady of Fatima School in Wilton will hold its 12th annual Tyler Ugolyn Basketball Tournament on Thursday, Jan. 24, through Friday, Feb. 8, to honor the memory of 1992 graduate Tyler Ugolyn.
Ugolyn was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks while working as a Fred Alger Management research associate in the World Trade Center’s North Tower. He was 23 years old.
Our Lady of Fatima’s annual tournament — now in its 33rd year — was renamed to honor Ugolyn’s love of basketball.
After graduating from Our Lady of Fatima, Ugolyn attended Ridgefield High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society, a McDonald's High School All-American Basketball nominee, and was ranked as one of the top 250 seniors in the country. After graduating high school in 1997, Ugolyn went on to play basketball at Columbia University and ran an inner-city youth basketball league.
“We anticipate the tournament will include 46 teams competing in six divisions, with over 130 players from 13 schools representing the Dioceses of Bridgeport and Hartford and the Archdiocese of New York,” said the school’s athletic director, Rob Benedetto.
The tournament will also consist of an all-star game for the school’s boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams, said Benedetto, as well as an alumni game Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7 a.m.
“We are also fortunate that Tyler’s parents will take part in this event and will join us on Friday, Feb. 1,” said Benedetto.
The tournament will be held at Our lady of Fatima School, 225 Danbury Road, and a portion of the funds raised through the tournament will go to the Tyler Ugolyn Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting youth basketball programs and the refurbishment of inner-city basketball courts.
For more information, including a detailed game schedule, visit https://bit.ly/2FHtzTJ.
In conjunction with the tournament, Our Lady of Fatima Church’s youth ministry will host its second annual Sneaker Drive, during which new and used sneakers will be collected to be donated to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters charity organization.
There will be collection sites at the school and the church, as well as in the children’s wing of Wilton Library.
“Last year we collected [more than] 400 pairs of sneakers, and we hope to surpass this number for 2019,” said Our Lady of Fatima Church Youth Ministry leader Mara Fleming.