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Basketball bonanza in memory of popular coach

The George Goldstone Charity 3v3 (GG3v3) will support both Chai Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Support.

    George Goldstone was a popular player and coach
    George Goldstone was a popular player and coach

    Friends of an amateur basketball player who died of cancer at 32 have organised a charity tournament in his memory. 

    George Goldstone was diagnosed with cancer just one month into his marriage to wife Lauren, and tragically died a year later in 2016. 

    In a fitting tribute to Mr Goldstone, who coached teenagers for Maccabi, dozens of players will be converging on JFS in Kenton, north-west London, for a special fundraising event on Sunday.

    The George Goldstone Charity 3v3 (GG3v3) will support both Chai Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Support. 

    Twenty-one teams, made up of 75 players, will compete in an action-packed basketball competition, with spectators getting the chance to watch the climax, as well as a live dunk show by a host of professionals. 

    Martin Dyan (left) has helped organise the tournament in memory of Mr Goldstone (right)
    Martin Dyan (left) has helped organise the tournament in memory of Mr Goldstone (right)

    GG3v3 was set up by Mr Goldstone’s friend Martin Dyan. The pair first met at a JLGB summer camp when they were 12 and played basketball for years until Mr Goldstone, originally from Leeds, fell ill. 

    Mr Dyan said: “George and I shared a love of basketball and it is an honour to be putting on this event in his memory. 

    “George was a good man, a great friend, and a loving husband, brother and son, so it was very tough for everyone when he passed away. 

    “A year on, this event will allow us to share in his love of the game, his sense of fun and his belief in supporting causes that mattered.”

    The event has been backed by the National Basketball Association and commercial sponsors.

    For tickets. more details or to make a donation, visit: www.GG3v3.com

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