CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers from Champlain recently joined other law enforcement and fire fighters to in a second annual charity basketball tournament to support a camp for children afflicted by cancer.
Games were played between four agencies, including CBP, New York State Police, Clinton County Correctional Facility, and the City of Plattsburgh Fire Department. The event was held on November 18, at Northeastern Clinton Central High School gym.
The games were for the benefit of Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a facility providing challenging, extraordinary experiences for children who have, or have had, cancer. The tournament provides monetary assistance for tuition for children who could not otherwise afford the cost of going to the camp. The games also recognize the camp, which helps thousands of children with extraordinary life challenges to simply enjoy nature for one week of the year.
Team involvement and crowd participation doubled in size since the first tournament in 2016. “The level of participation was remarkable,” said Supervisory Customs and Border Protection Officer Vincent Nigro, head organizer of the event. “Thanks to all the players on the court “hooping it up” for these kids. CBP was proud to present a check for $2505.50 to Camp Ta- Kum-Ta as a result of this successful event. Thanks to all who participated and donated, those who took time out of their day to get out and help support these incredible children,” said Nigro.
“I extend my gratitude to all those who demonstrated their gracious acts of kindness and participated in making this another successful event,” stated Port Director Steven Bronson.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.