The 8th annual Jordan Hillis Memorial Tournament was held this past weekend at the Colusa High School gymnasium, bringing about 80 basketball players to raise money for youth scholarships.
The event was organized in 2013 to honor not only the memory of Jordan Hillis but his plan to organize a youth basketball tournament for his senior project.
Hillis died in a vehicle accident after his vehicle rolled over on Lonestar Road, in 2012.
“Jordan had the idea of organizing this event as his senior project at Colusa High School,” said his mother, Sara Barron. “He unfortunately passed away right before basketball season started his senior year. So, we as a family decided to run it for him.”
Eight teams, consisting of local Colusa County residents, including Brenden Farrell, Gustavo Rangel, and CJ Windsors, participated in the two-day event. Funds raised provide scholarships to high school seniors.
“In the past, the scholarships have been awarded to Colusa High School seniors, but this year we plan to extend to other towns in the county,” stated Barron. “We now have a better grasp on how to operate this tournament.”
The Jordan Hillis Scholarship has given out $6,000 in scholarships over the past seven years, Barron said.
“We would like to thank every single person in the community who has had a helping hand in the organization, since the beginning. We have had assistance from all the towns in the county and it really shows how we can become one community when the time is needed,” said Barron. ■