Memories Play On, Play Strong

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Above, event organizer and coach Randy Kiehm speaks to the participants of the Dale M. Inouye Memorial Basketball Tournament held at Cal State Dominguez Hills, July 31 and Aug. 2. (JORDAN IKEDA/Rafu Shimpo)


The Dale M. Inouye Memorial Basketball Tournament, that took place on July 31 and Aug. 1 at Cal State Dominguez Hills, successfully accomplished all it had initially set out to do in what is hopefully the first of many tournaments to come. There was great basketball, including a nail-biting overtime thriller in the seventh grade main court game on Sunday. There was the over $10,000 raised that will go to a variety of different cancer research organizations. And there was the continuance of Dale’s legacy, most exemplified in the four recipients of the Dale M. Inouye Inner Strength Award that went to one person in each of the divisions that demonstrated the same qualities—hard work, determination, courage, teamwork, sportsmanship—that Dale lived every day of his nine years. Garrett Cuadra, Brandon Teraishi, Max Okazaki and Dale’s older brother Derek Inouye were the recipients.

“It’s because of everybody’s efforts that we’ve been able to get things done,” said FOR secretary, event organizer, and former Bruin, Cathie Tani.

“It was a great tournament for our kids,” said Brian Hiroyama, coach of the FOR Blue Rays who participated. “It was an inspiration to all of us.”

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