"I'm really excited about this year's tournament," Singler said. "We are expecting a good turnout and it should be a great time. I have designed a t-shirt for the tournament participants and my brother does a skills challenge too, so there are a couple of different things that are unlike any other tournament."
The three-day event features a basketball tournament for boys and girls in grades sixth through eighth, with all participants receiving a tournament t-shirt designed by Singler. He will also present the Kyle Singler Hard Work Award to one participant for their excellence in the classroom and on the court. The tournament began as Singler's senior project at South Medford high school, and has grown to attract teams from all over Oregon, Northern California and Washington.
The weekend of events will also include the E.J. Singler skills competition on May 8, hosted by Singler's brother, E.J., a freshman on Oregon's basketball team. In addition, there will be a raffle with several prizes, as well as the Dinner of Champions celebration on May 8, open to all participants and their families.
All proceeds from the Fourth Annual Kyle Singler Southern Oregon Open will benefit Kids Unlimited, an organization that provides education, enrichment and sports programs to children of all backgrounds in the Southern Oregon region. More information about the organization and the event, as well as registration forms for the tournament, can be found at www.kidsunlimitedoforegon.org.
"Kids Unlimited is a great organization run by great people," Singler added. "The kids they are bringing in are fun to be around and I just wanted to give back to the organization. Many of the kids come from less fortunate families and they're blessed to have an organization like Kids Unlimited help them learn and have fun through athletics."
Singler will also co-host the Cota-Singler Gala Auction Dinner on May 7 at the Main One Arts Center in Medford, Ore. It marks the second year he has joined former NFL player Chad Cota in raising money for their respective charitable organizations through the Chad Cota Athletic Foundation. A native of Ashland, Ore., Cota played football at the University of Oregon and played eight seasons in the NFL before retiring in 2003.The proceeds from the auction dinner will be split between Singler's charity of choice (Kids Unlimited) and Cota's charity (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). Additional information about the event can be found at www.chadcotafoundation.org.