Hoops Tournament to Honor Life of Tyler Biggins

By: Julie Montanaro; Winnie Wright Email
By: Julie Montanaro; Winnie Wright Email
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Updated By:Winnie Wright
Updated: March 28, 2014, 10:30PM

Basketball players from across the big bend will come together this weekend for a little friendly competition, all for a great cause.

"This tournament is held in memory of Tyler Biggins. My 10 year old son, who was killed in a car crash on St. Patrick's Day two years ago. Funds from this tournament will go two deserving high school students, who are graduating and entering college", says Tracey Biggins.

Mrs. Biggins says the tournament is not only a great way to bring the community together, but is also a great opportunity to remind people the consequences of drug use.

"It's just something that simple and it turned tragic, just that quick, within a short amount of time. So, it's important for us to educate our kids on the negative effects of drug use", says Chariya Davis, Tab Spurs 4th Grade Coach.

Mrs. Biggins also says her son worked on many community service projects and believes the charity tournament is a great way to honor his legacy. Former team mates agree.

"It's important because he was a good basketball player. And it brings back memories from when we played with him in our younger days", says Donovan Mobley.

It's great to come and have fun and be able to just play for Tyler Biggins who has this tournament dedicated to him. And it's been a great pleasure to be in this tournament, to be on this team, and to have fun", says Grady Escobar.

"Because he was a basketball player and he liked basketball and it's a good way to remember him", says Byron McKnight.

The Tyler Biggins Memorial Hoops Tournament will continue through the weekend. Day and weekend passes are available for the tournament. For more information on locations and for schedules visit tabspurs.org.


By Julie Montanaro
March 28, 2014

A basketball tournament that started in Tallahassee just moments ago is so much more to the parents of Tyler Biggins.

They are hoping amid the fast breaks and three pointers, teens gathered in Tallahassee will learn to avoid potentially deadly decisions.

Tracey and Marvin Biggins are hosting the travel team hoops tournament for a second year. We caught up with them as they picked up medals earlier in the day.

Their 10 year old son Tyler, his best friend Vincent and Vincent's mother Shakeila were all killed on St. Patrick's Day 2012 when a man high on synthetic marijuana crashed into their car.

"A lot of people think its just a regular basketball tournament, but no, its not," Tracey Biggins said. "Its a tournament being held to make others aware of why we're in this position that we're in and how important it is to not drink and drive, not necessarily to drink and drive, but not to smoke the synthetic marijuana."

There are games tonight - a 6 o'clock game at Leon High School and a 7pm game at Rickards High School and the action continues Saturday and Sunday.

Money raised will go toward scholarships for college bound high school seniors.

For a tournament schedule go to tabspurs.org


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