CARSON — The second annual Dale M. Inouye Memorial Basketball Tournament will take place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-7, in the main gym at CSU Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St. in Carson.
Up to 30 teams from youth sports organizations throughout Southern California will participate in this year’s tournament. Admission is free.
The tournament is presented by the DMI Foundation, a newly formed California nonprofit public benefit corporation. It is named in memory of Dale M. Inouye (July 22, 1998-March 16, 2008) of Torrance, who never gave up despite having leukemia for seven years.
His parents, Wade and Juliann, passed down their love of basketball to their sons, Danny, Derek and Dale. Whenever he could, Dale would participate in basketball, baseball and swimming. He played F.O.R. and C.B.O. under the guidance of coach Randy Kiehm and attended coach Harvey Kitani’s hoops camp.
Wade Inouye said in a Rafu Shimpo interview last year, “He never complained. He didn’t ask for special things and he accepted things very easily … He took everything that was given to him and carried on. That’s what keeps me inspired. I try to remind myself when things are going rough, that this little guy never had a complaint. That’s the biggest lesson that I’ll never forget.”
The mission of the tournament is “to come together to remember and celebrate Dale’s life, to acknowledge, recognize and honor the amazing qualities that Dale possessed, all the while playing a game that Dale loved,” said Kiehm, who established the tournament.
Proceeds will be donated to two cancer care and research hospitals: Mattel Children’s Hospital, UCLA Division of Hematology and Oncology; and Jonathon Jacques Children’s Cancer Center of Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach.
For more information or to make donations, contact Kiehm at [email protected]