Vancouver, B.C. - In good times and bad times, basketball will be there. For Jack, Hunter, and Cole Cruz-Dumont, basketball has given their family a bond like no other.
For starters, Jack, Hunter and Cole are all talented in their own rights starring for their respective teams at Vancouver College. This past year, Jack (Grade 12), Hunter (Grade 10) and Cole (Grade 8) were all named Team MVP and their teams all qualified for Provincials. The Senior Fighting Irish would win the 4A Lower Mainlands with Jack being named Tournament MVP before a 5th place finish at Provincials and a 2nd Team All-Star award. Hunter would help his Junior team finish 3rd at Provincials, earning a 1st Team All-Star. Cole would lead his Grade 8 team to a Provincial Championship on his way to being named tournament MVP.
The Cruz-Dumont name they all share comes from parents John and Trixie who played Varsity for the Thunderbirds at the University of British Columbia, where Jack recently committed. John passed away in 2016 after a courageous battle with a rare nasal cancer called Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma. He was 41 years old and exactly one year removed from his diagnosis.
In his name, and true to his passions, friends and family created the John Dumont 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and hosted on September 1st every year to celebrate John and the sport he loved. The tournament features Youth Divisions (Boys U17, U15, U13, U11/U12 and Girls HS) as well as an Adult Division, that many of his former teammates will play in. This year the beneficiary of the tournament is another member of the Vancouver Basketball Community - Uyi Ologhola and his family.
Uyi just completed his Grade 10 year with the Holy Cross Crusaders and has shared the court with both Jack and Hunter. Uyi’s Crusaders lost by three points to Jack’s Fighting Irish in the last game of the season to place 6th at the Senior Provincials, where he would join Jack on the 2nd All-Star Team. Uyi shares the court with Hunter during the summers as the play on the same Drive U16 team. Unfortunately, Uyi’s mother recently passed away after her own battle with breast cancer. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will go to the Ologhola family in this time of tragedy.
You can donate directly to the Ologhola Family Go Fund Me Page here.
Register a team for the John Dumont 3-on-3 Basketball tournament here.
When: Saturday September 1st, 2018
Where: Richmond Olympic Oval
Who: Boys U17, U15, U13, U11/U12, High School Girls, and Adult Division (18+)