"This is a remarkable place," Rich Bord, father of Sam Bord and current Grafton Athletic Director said. "This whole community, and matter of fact, several communities in outlining counties, stood by us through all that we went through. They were there when Sam was very sick and they were there when he passed."
Its been a little more than three years since Sam Bord passed away, and the Grafton community has not forgotten about him. In 2011, Grafton Police Chief Robert Beltner created a basketball tournament in order to raise money for the Sam Bord Scholarship Fund, which is given each year to one Grafton student-athlete.
"The Sam Bord Tournament was started because he was an inspiration to us all," Grafton Lieutenant Michael Kochka said. "We grew up around the family, we know the family well. The young man fought Leukemia for several years and finally lost the battle. So we wanted to keep the tournament going in his name, as an inspiration to everyone else."
The second annual Sam Bord Memorial Basketball Tournament was held just last week, welcoming several local teams. More importantly, this tournament was not about the games, rather it was a way to honor and remember Sam, a young boy who lost his life way too early, leaving a family and community heart broken for years to come.
"Through the strength of God and through the strength of this community and through the love of his little brothers, we find a way to get up every day and go back to work; fight the battle," Bord said.
Money Donations for Sam Bord Scholarship Fund
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