Holiday season tournaments just got a bit more competitive with the announcement of the Inaugural Craig Sager Memorial Tournament which will be held in Atlanta from November 18-21st. Sager’s children, Kacy and Craig II have teamed up with Dacula High School and Dacula coach, Dr. Russ Triaga to host the largest high school basketball tournament in the country.
The tournament will be split by boys and girls divisions with 32 teams playing in total. The brackets are named after the colorful outfits Sager was known for throughout his career. The Plaid, Paisley, Chevron, and Floral brackets will serve as a reminder of the broadcasting legend.
— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) October 31, 2017
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— Kacy Sager (@THESagerbomb) October 31, 2017
The memorial tournament will cherish the memory of the late Craig Sager, who passed away from Acute Myeloid Leukemia in December of 2016. Proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Center of Atlanta.
The three-day event boasts a talented field of 32 boys and girls teams from the Atlanta area and all across the country. The teams will be broken out into four divisions; paisley, plaid, chevron and floral, which embrace Sager’s trademark distinctive wardrobe that was displayed on NBA sidelines and other various sporting events for over 40 years.
This is another large event for the greater Atlanta area, which is hosting the college football national championship in January 2018, National Football League Super Bowl in 2019 and the Men’s NCAA basketball Final Four in 2020. This occurrence of events has never happened in consecutive years for a city.