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St. Mary's Academy basketball tourney

The St. Mary's Academy Preseason Invitational Basketball Tournament in Baldwinsville raised more than $1,800 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York, Catholic Charities of Onondaga County and St. Mary's Academy. The tournament was held Nov. 16 to 21 and featured 10 boys and girls basketball teams from seven local Catholic grammar schools.

Nearly 200 students and coaches participated from Bishop's Academy at Holy Family in Camillus, Bishop's Academy at Most Holy Rosary in Syracuse, Bishop's Academy at St. Charles in Syracuse, Immaculate Conception School in Fayetteville, St. Margaret's School in Mattydale, St. Mary's Academy in Baldwinsville and St. Rose of Lima School in North Syracuse.

"The players not only played basketball for fun, but with the purpose of making a difference in the lives of other children and families in a time of need," said Marc Eisenhauer, athletic director at St. Mary's Academy.

"The Diocese of Syracuse Catholic Schools takes great pride in knowing that we are preparing our students to be 'giving' individuals to the community we serve," said Barbara Jacques, administrator at St. Mary's Academy. "Events like these instill in our students the importance of taking care of those who need a helping hand."

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York: Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY operates the 16-bedroom CNY Ronald McDonald House 24-hours a day, year-round as a "home away from home" for families whose children are hospitalized with serious illnesses or injuries. RMHC of CNY is planning to build a new, larger Ronald McDonald House that will allow the organization to help keep even more families with seriously ill children together. For more information or to donate, visit cnyronaldmcdonaldhouse.org.

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