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Optimist Club seeks support for Poe Corn tourney

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The Sunrise Optimist Poe Corn Basketball Tournament, the longest-running basketball tournament in the state, was adopted by the Sunrise Optimist Club in 2000 when the club was chartered, according to a press release issued by the Club.

Originally called the Roswell Invitational Basketball Tournament by its founder, Poe Corn, in 1948, the event was renamed the Poe Corn Invitational Basketball Tournament in 1971. Corn was football, basketball and track coach at Roswell High School, from 1932 to 1949, and also served as Roswell Public Schools activities director, athletic director and physical education director.

This year’s tournament is Dec. 26-28. “We are asking for the community to get behind this tradition,” the press release states.

Funds raised from tournament sponsorships are distributed to youth organizations throughout Roswell and to the Vern Stall Memorial Scholarship fund. The Sunrise Optimist Club awards three $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors at the three public high schools. Some of the organizations that receive funds are: Outdoor Adventure Day, Girl Scouts, KAPS program, the Boys and Girls Club, Camp Invention, Assurance Home, Special Olympics, the Ronald McDonald House, Buddy Walk, and Camp Corral, among others.

For more information, including information about sponsorships, contact Tracy Mumford at 317-7275 or Roger K. Burnett at 420-9420.

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Editor’s note: This story has been edited to correct a phone number.