|The Charles Hays Gymnasium will once again host the annual|
holiday tradition of the Jim Ciccone Memorial Rainmakers
Alumni Basketball Tournament today and tomorrow
In these most unusual times, Prince Rupert can look to a traditional start to the holiday period today, bringing back just a bit of normalcy as we navigate this era of never ending COVID.
As the Prince Rupert school year takes a break for the holidays, the Christmas period starts off as it has in many years past, with a popular basketball tournament to rekindle friendships and the competitive spirit of the past.
That as the many players of the Charles Hays Rainmaker basketball program return to the court in two days of competition as part of the Jim Ciccone Memorial Rainmaker Alumni Tournament.
The Old Dogs and the Young Pups will see action starting at 4 PM this afternoon when the current edition of the Junior Boys and Senior Boys Rainmakers break the ice on nine games of action today and tomorrow.
As the tourney moves forward teams from 1946 to 2003, 2004 to 2011, 2012 to 2017 and 2018 to 2021 will join the current Makers on the path to a final showdown Saturday at 7PM.
Some of the recognizable names of Rainmaker seasons of the past shake off a little rust from their prime playing days, anxious to take up a challenge from the current roster of players looking to make their own mark as part of the School's basketball program.
The event as much of a reunion as it is a tournament and is one that has remained popular through the decades. The two day event in memory of Jim Ciccone, a mark of respect for his competitive spirit of the day and reminder of the loss for the community with his passing years ago.
The Schedule for the event can be reviewed below:
As they note, there are a range of COVID measures in place for those participating and looking to drop in for game time action, included in those measures will be limited capacity at the Charles Hays Gym and the need for both you double vaccinations and vaccine passports.
More notes on the Rainmakers can be round from our archive page.