Some WDSS alumni are set to hit the court for the Wallaceburg Shootout 4-on-4 basketball tournament later this month. They’ll also be raising money for Wallaceburg’s Canada Day festivities.

The tournament is being held on May 12 and May 13 in the big gymnasium at Wallaceburg District Secondary School.

Nick Persyn, the event organizer, told the Sydenham Current a group of alumni, along with some current Tartans, have been playing at the school once a week since the fall. Kelly Bachus, with the Municipality, hooked the group up through the Community Use of Schools program.

“It’s been great for all of us alumni to get back in the gym on a weekly basis, and for the younger kids to experience how great of a facility we have,” Persyn said.

“We like to put on a tournament through the year to have some competitive fun and we always like to raise some money for a local fundraiser.”

Last January, the same group raised $600 for Wallaceburg’s Brayden Fields and his family, during a 3-on-3 tournament held at the Wallaceburg Kinsmen Centre.

This year, the group is gathering donations for the Wallaceburg Fireworks committee.

“They put on a great event and this year is a big one being Canada’s 150th birthday,” Persyn said.

Spectators are welcome to attend on Friday night May 12 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The entry fee is $30 per person, with half going to the Wallaceburg Fireworks group and the other half going to the first place team.

Teams will be four players, with one substitute playing half court.

Persyn said as of now, there are 30 players, from high school kids to 40-year-old WDSS alumni, set to play.

He said at a maximum, they would be looking for 40 players in total, or eight teams.

The teams will be made through a draft on Friday, May 5.

If anyone is interested in playing, they can contact Persyn by text or calling 519-437-7131 or through Facebook.