The Dan Fitzgerald Memorial Basketball Tournament (“The Fitz”) is a premier high school basketball tournament held in Spokane, Washington to honor the memory of Dan Fitzgerald. Dan was a legendary basketball coach at Gonzaga University, Santa Clara University and Archbishop Mitty High School. Dan’s success on the court was as much about the man that he was off the court than anything else. Wins and losses were measured more in the lives that he touched than in the final score of any contest. Dan was very active with local charities including the Spokane Gospel Mission Outreach, Boys and Girls Club of Spokane and local youth sports organizations among others. He also dedicated countless hours to many local high school and youth coaches to share his philosophies on basketball and life.
To keep his legacy of service and commitment alive, the net proceeds of The Fitz Tournament will go to deserving charities selected by the Fitzgerald family every year. In addition, each student athlete participant spends volunteer hours at a local charity giving back to the community in the tradition of Dan and Darleen Fitzgerald. To date The Fitz has raised over $100,000 to benefit charities that the Fitzgerald family supports.
Seating is limited. We recommend purchasing tickets ahead of time.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or by contacting Cajer Neely at email@example.com.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
This year’s speaker will be Dr. Ken Anderson. Ken played for Coach Fitzgerald from 1979-1981. Currently, Ken is the Dean o f the Gonzaga School of Business and is in his 37th year as a faculty member.
Past speakers at the banquet include:
One of Coach Fitzgerald’s favorite community organizations – that he supported with his own volunteer hours – are the Union Gospel Mission and the Ronald McDonald House. Again, this year both the boys and girl’s teams will be serving meals at the venues chosen by the Fitz Committee.
The tournament itself will be a showcase format. Each team will play two games, one on Friday and one on Saturday. We are very excited about the overall caliber of the teams and the competition they will bring to our tenth event. In conjunction with 2nd Harvest Food Bank, admission to all games will be two cans of food.
All games will be played at Lewis & Clark High School.
Friday, December 2
3:30 (Girls) – West Linn (OR) vs Lewis & Clark
5:00 (Boys) – Bothell vs Lewis & Clark
* 6:30 (Girls) – Tahoma vs Mead (Televised on SWX)
* 8:00 (Boys) – Union vs Lake City (Televised on SWX)
Saturday, December 3
9:30 (Girls) – West Linn (OR) vs Mead
11:00 (Boys) – Union vs Lewis & Clark
1:00 (Girls) – Tahoma vs Lewis & Clark
2:30 (Boys) – Bothell vs Lake City
Aspyn Adams – Mt. Spokane – Loyola Marymont University
Joy Akaegbu – Gonzaga Prep – St. Mary’s University
Fran Belibi – Regis Jesuit – Stanford University
Tyschal Blake – St.Mary’s – Weber State University
Brett Boese – Shadle Park – Washington State Univerisity
Ellie Boni – University Colorado State University
Keeli Burton-Oliver – Eastlake – Arizona State University
Hannah Caudill – Gonzaga Prep – Montana State University
Tanner Christianson – University – University of Idaho
Javary Christmas – De La Salle-North – University of Idaho
Taya Corosdale – Bothel – Oregon State University
Tyson Degenhart – Mt. Spokane – Boise State University
Sydney Erikstrup – Beaverton – Arizona State University
Laura Erikstrup – Beaverton – University of San Diego
Tahlia Garza – Archbishop Mitty – University of California at Irvine
Otiona Gildon – Gonzaga Prep – University of Oregon
Riley Grigsby – Archbishop Mitty – Seattle University
Dani Guglielmo – Archbishop Mitty – University of California at Irvine
Niveya Henley – Mt. Spokane – Butler University
Daryn Hicks – Grant – Weber State University
Heleyna Hill – Archbishop Mitty – San Jose State University
Maddy Holland – Archbishop Mitty – St. Mary’s University
Peyton Howard – Central Valley – Seattle University
Haley Jones – Archbishop Mitty – Stanford University
Ben Kone – Archbishop Mitty – Oregon State University
Coreen Labish – Mead – University of Wyoming
Riley Lupfer – Lewis & Clark – Boise State University
Gina Marxen – Eastlake – University of Idaho
Tyler McCliment-Call – University – University of Portland
Jacksen McCliment-Call – University – University of Portland
Martina McCowan – St.Mary’s – Long Beach State University
Michael Mitchell – Archbishop Mitty – Pepperdine University
Jabe Mullins – Mt. Si – St. Mary’s University
Jayda Noble – Mt. Spokane – University of Washington
Karisma Ortiz – Archbishop Mitty – Penn State University
Tyler Patterson – Mt. Si – Montana State University
Naje Smith – Lewis & Clark – Boise State University
Connor Turner – WV-Yakima – Idaho State University
Evina Westbrook – South Salem – University of Conneticut
Katie Williams – South Salem – Oregon State University
Sue Winger – Mead – University of Idaho
Jordan Woodvine – South Salem – Boise State University
Bendu Yeaney – St.Mary’s – Indiana University