- National Teams
The 6th Annual Haris Charalambous Memorial Tournament will take place on the 27-29th December 2011, and will be headlined by the England Under-16 side as well as the Under-18 National sides of Luxembourg and Scotland.
The tournament, which serves to remember and pay respects to the late Haris Charalambous (pictured, above), will take place at the Amaechi Basketball Centre, Manchester.
The 8 teams taking part in the tournament are:
Breitengubach U18 (German club side)
CB Cornella U18 (Spanish club side)
Manchester Magic chief Joe Forber is looking forward to the tournament. Talking to the Manchester Evening News, he said:
“The standard of basketball should be as high as it usually is.
“I am really looking forward to seeing our young players test themselves against top-quality opponents.
“The tournament is always well supported and it’s a great atmosphere in the centre.
“We are grateful that the city council is again supporting the tournament and all the money we raise goes into the Haris Fund to help players in need stay in the game.”
Haris Charalambous, who was a 6’10″ 270lb big man, was England’s 2002 Player of the Year and one of the most promising prospects to emerge from the Manchester Magic programme. After receiving a full NCAA Division 1 scholarship to attend Toledo University, he died suddenly whilst at practice with Toledo in 2006. The Haris Memorial Tournament was set up in his memory in 2006, and has had such prominent teams as Blair Academy Prep School, as well as the national teams of England, Scotland, Romania, and Germany take part.
The tournament will be £2 for the 27th, £3 for the 28th and £4 for the 29th, alternatively you can pay £7.50 for all three days, with all proceeds going to the Haris Charalambous fund.
Will you be attending?