Todd McElroy

New hoops honour fallen basketball player

In memory of Paul Valentine, a former Willway student, $2,600 was donated for new backboards, hoops and nets.

Willway elementary school students have been given the gift of a revamped basketball court.

In memory of Paul Valentine, a former Willway student, $2,600 was donated for new backboards, hoops and nets.

The Sooke School District painted the poles and new lines on the outdoor court.

Valentine was 19 when he was killed 14 years ago in an unprovoked attack by another teen.

“It’s sort of mixed emotions. We are excited to see him remembered for the right reasons, but it’s sad for the reason we are doing it,” said David Valentine, Paul’s father.

The family has been hosting the Paul Valentine Memorial 3-on-3 tournament at West Shore Parks and Rec. for more than 10 years. All the money raised has been put back in the community through basketball initiatives or to programs focusing on youth violence.

“He wasn’t a basketball star, but he was a good player,” said David Valentine.

reporter@goldstreamgazette.com

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