Community-wide 2010 Charity Basketball Tournament brings communities & cultures together

In an effort to bring families, cultures and communities together from across Milwaukee, a positive community event will take place Aug. 14, Noon-5 p.m. at Lincoln Park. The “Thomas R. Harris Community-Wide 2010 Charity Basketball Tournament” is a one-day event featuring a 5-on-5 basketball tournament between eight teams; Milwaukee- area vendors; collegiate basketball players; and family, fun and entertainment.

The winning team of the event will receive a cash prize of $1000, and the remaining proceeds will be donated to the Sisters Network, a national African American breast cancer survivorship organization.

“This is the second time I have hosted this event and it is a refreshing experience for the Milwaukee community to see different people throughout the city come together and build long-time bonds. It sets precedence for a movement toward unity,” said Harris. “This year I am ecstatic to work with an outstanding organization, the Sisters Network. The organization is much-needed in our community among breast cancer survivors and those who are at risk of developing this deadly cancer. I am honored to raise funds to help move forward their mission and presence in the African American community.”

“We are happy to team up with a young individual who understands that breast cancer does not discriminate when it comes to age, gender or race,” said Phyllis Holder, president of the Sisters Network, Milwaukee affiliate. “Breast cancer strikes all ages and primarily African American women. We strive to educate and address breast health needs among this population.”

Thomas R. Harris

Thomas R. Harris is “Working Hard for a Better Tomorrow” in Milwaukee communities. Harris strives to break the racial barriers that often times separate people of different cultures throughout the city. He also aims to provide positive outlets for the youth and is armed with the knowledge that he can’t do it alone. Coordinating such events as the charity community-wide basketball tournament is a means to build much-needed relationships with other constituents who share his vision.

Sisters Network, Inc.

Sisters Network® Inc. is committed to increasing local and national attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has in the African American community. It is a leading voice and only national African American breast cancer survivorship organization in the United States. Sisters Network is governed by an elected Board of Directors and assisted by an appointed medical advisory committee. Membership is 3000, which includes more than 40 affiliate survivor run chapters nationwide. The organization’s purpose is to save lives and provide a broader scope of knowledge that addresses the breast cancer survivorship crisis affecting African American women around the country.