AROUND TOWN: Events Keep Barresse’s Memory Alive, Benefit Others

August 5, 2018

For his childhood friend Pat Mineo, it’s a number that still cuts to the quick. On Saturday, Mineo and some of Cody Barresse’s best friends will get together for the sixth annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and the evening soirée that follows, to honor the memory of their longtime friend. “Five years and the sixth tournament, I was shocked writing that down that we’ve been doing it this long,” Mineo said. It was five years ago Barresse died in a tragic accident in Pittsburgh, but Mineo and his friends continue to do what they can to honor Barresse’s memory, raising money that provides a scholarship for an incoming Scranton Prep student who otherwise wouldn’t have the resources to attend, and supporting families who are facing the many costs associated with organ transplantation. “Cody was a great friend to all of us and me especially,” Mineo said. “We went to school together from first grade through high school and stayed close through college. We always played 3-on-3 basketball, pickup ball at outdoor courts all over South Scranton. “We were very competitive kids, so it was an easy decision what to do to remember Cody, his competitive spirit, and to pass Cody’s memory on to a lot of younger kids, and older adults who may have not gotten to meet him.” Scranton Prep’s Xavier Center will be the site for this year’s tourney, which last year attracted close to 80 teams from middle school through adults. “It’s a great day to remember Cody, and there are tons of people involved,” Mineo said. “This is something we perceive being held every year as long as it can possibly go and something we look forward to. It gets bigger every year, which is shocking. The people from Northeastern Pennsylvania turn out in full force.” This year, the 3-on-3 event features a new division for fifth- and sixth-grade boys and girls teams, adding to the boys and girls junior high and high school divisions, and men’s and women’s adult competitive and noncompetitive divisions. Every team is guaranteed three games, and lunch and a T-shirt are included. Entry deadline is Tuesday. Sign up at www.codybarressefoundation.com The other part of the equation comes Saturday evening when Continue Cody’s Commitment takes place at the Ice Box in Scranton. When Barresse died, his organs were donated to save many lives and improve the life of several others. From 8-11 p.m., there will be live music, food and beverages. The evening helps fund grants given to local families awaiting organ donation, and cover the costs like transportation, lodging, meals and child care. Tickets for the event can be purchased online, or at the event. Teams playing in the tournament, and volunteers, receive a discount toward the evening activities. “It’s two separate causes basically brought together in memory of Cody,” Mineo said. “It’s a day for Cody. It feels like Cody is around. But you can’t replace him. “He’s the only one missing in the whole equation. He’s the only one not there, but he is there.” Welcome aboard Congratulations to former Scranton High School football standout Al Karaffa and his wife, Danielle, who welcomed a son, Ryder Allan, on Tuesday. The future quarterback checked in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces and 21 inches, and is the couple’s first child. Contact the writer: mmyers@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100, ext. 5437; @mmyersTT on Twitter

Update hourly