Gone But Never Forgotten: David Adomako-Ansah, Dunk On Disease & Pride of the Northside. The Legacy Lives On! | By Louis Nguyen

I still remember the first time I met David Adomako-Ansah, because it feels like we met yesterday. It was at a house party with my friend Opi Rai’s place. I always saw David around prior to talking to him, but we unfortunately never had a chance to have a conversation. My first impression of David was that he was such a nice, loving and gentle soul. I remember we had a small laugh together when we rapped along to Kanye West’s Gold Digger. He told me about how much he loved going to house parties and talking to new people. Until today, David has always been one of those once-in-a-lifetime people who have come to my life and taught me the greatest lessons about life, love and never taking them for granted.

For those who never met or heard about David, he was diagnosed with Lupus and was a long-time patient at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. After receiving a Berlin’s heart, David started the Dunk on Disease Foundation to help out children in need of medical assistance. Started as small basketball games, the Dunk on Disease Foundation has grown and become a huge success, raising thousands of dollars for the Stollery. David left us on June 10, 2013 after bravely battling sickness for many years. David may be gone, but his legacy will never be forgotten.

With the five-year anniversary fast approaching, here’s a closer look at the Pride of the Northside tournament, a wonderful event organized by the inspirational Edmontonian Andrew Parker. Directly related to David’s legacy, I encourage readers to make time to attend this event.

As the creator and director of basketball operations of the annual Pride of the Northside tournament Andrew continues to leave an imprint on the street ball scene in Edmonton. As a youth Andrew played at the Londonderry Junior high basketball courts every summer and organized the Pride of the Northside, a passion of his that withstands the test of time. The Pride of the Northside is a community event aimed at involving all members of Edmonton’s community (teachers, students, parents, business owners, and members of various social, community and ethnic groups). It is a block party with an open invitation to everyone in the City of Edmonton and surrounding areas. A.G.P events will be having a DJ, barbeque, three-point and Slam Dunk Competitions and many special events and performances in addition to great basketball in this year’s five-year anniversary weekend. This tournament has welcomed up to 50 teams and over 200 spectators. This is an open invitation for everyone in the city to come and enjoy a great day of hoops in the community of North Edmonton.

David was a very dear friend of the Pride of the Northside’s creator director Andrew Parker and their entire staff. In honor of David’s exceptional life, the Pride of the Northside project aims to continue supporting David’s care for the Stollery Children’s Hospital. The Pride of the Northside is also renaming the Most Valuable Player Award the “David Adomako-Ansah Award” in honor of their beloved teammate, leader, and champion. Moreover, there will be a David Adomako-Ansah information table and Dunk on Disease donation drop box at the tournament if you wish to support this charity independently.

So all of my beautiful Edmontonians, please come and support this great cause this weekend. Sometimes we live such a fast-paced life and try so hard to fulfill all of our desires and wishes, that we forget we are all a part of the greater community replete with potential. There are those out there who are less fortunate than we are. For me, all I want to do this weekend is come and have a good time at the Pride of the Northside tournament with my fellow Edmontonians. Simply put, I love my city not only because she is beautiful but also because of the beautiful people she has produced and nurtured for generations. And David Adomako-Ansah is one of those. His legacy deserves to live on forever.

When: Saturday August 17 and Sunday August 18, 2013

Time: 9:30am-5:00pm

Where: 7104 144 avenue, NW. Londonderry outdoor basketball courts

Team Registration Fee: $100.00

Pre-Registrations can be done by emailing agparker@ualberta.ca with a scanned registration form or you can email the information needed in the forms to the tournament email address.

Deadline to register: Thursday August 15th, 2013

Tournament Hotline: 780-289-5133

Tournament Email: agparker@ualberta.ca

Designated registration dates: Monday August 12th – Thursday August 15th from 6:00 PM – 8 :00PM in-person at the Londonderry Courts.

Registration cut off is August 15th, 2013 at 8:00 PM.

For more information, please visit: http://www.andrewgparker.com/Pride_of_the_Northside.php

If you are unable to attend the tournament this year please contact sadomako@ualberta.ca for more information on how to donate to this amazing cause. Let’s all keep David’s spirit alive by continuing his support for the youth in our beautiful City of Edmonton.

Creative Commons photograph courtesy of photon_de on Flickr.

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