Seven years ago Floyd County Basketball Coach, Brian Harman, lost his son Chance to a rare form of childhood brain cancer. Ever since then he and the community of Floyd have kept Chance’s name alive.
“It just helps us heal more than people will ever realize,” said Brian Harman.
Harman along with a former player, Dustin Hollandsworth, organized the Chance Harman Memorial Fund.
“For three years [Chance] was like a little brother to me,” said Tournament Director Dustin Hollandsworth. “It’s definitely an honor to be in the position I’m in. Whenever it gets tough, I think of what Chance went through and what the Harman family went through.”
The fund organizes a basketball tournament that has brought some of the biggest names to Floyd County in the past including University of Kansas star Andrew Wiggins when he played at Huntington Prep.
But in addition-- the profits from the tournament go toward scholarships to high school seniors and pediatric cancer research at Duke Medical Center, the place Chance received his treatments.
“When we were able to walk into Duke and present them a check that was around 24-thousand dollars it was from a community that supported us,” added Harmon. “It takes everyone to make it happen.”
Now this year the tournament will bring in a team from Australia and a return trip from Huntington Prep as it prepares for the biggest turnout yet
Harman added, “We’ve pretty much made more money last year for the pediatric cancer center than we have in the last five years and teams are calling us to get in larger teams.”
The tournament begins Friday January 3rd and will have a silent auction among two days of action packed basketball. All games will be played at Floyd County High School.