DALLAS – More than 670 participants gathered in Dallas over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend for the Metropolis of Denver GOYA Basketball Tournament Jan. 13-16.
Nineteen parishes sent a total of 51 teams, which were divided into eight divisions. Each age group: senior boys, senior girls, junior boys, and junior girls, had a recreational and competitive bracket. Eighty-eight games were played over the course of the weekend. Representatives from OCF, Ionian Village, IOCC, Hellenic College and Holy Cross, and Camp Emmanuel also attended.
With Metropolitan Isaiah presiding, 19 clergymen and over 900 faithful ered to celebrate the Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning.
All participants gathered Sunday evening for the Awards Dinner, which honored all-star players from each team and all graduating seniors. The soon-to-be graduates received Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) Connect Kits, encouraging their participation in young adult ministries post-high school.
IOCC U.S. Country Representative Dan Christopulos, spoke on the importance of serving others in need at Sunday’s banquet. In the spirit of service and charity, parishes also raised over $5,000 to benefit the ALS Association (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).