Hoops tourney raises cash for charity

Group photo of Rex6 players and family at the Danny Rumph basketball tournament.
Photo by Vincent Thompson, Councilor Kenyatta Johnson’s Office.

A team of basketball players from South Philadelphia was recently honored for winning the Daniel “Danny” Rumph 2021 tournament.

Now in its 16th year, the annual charity tournament brings together some of the best hoop talent on the east coast.

The South Philadelphia Rex6 was crowned this year’s champion after an exciting 128-119 double win in overtime against Team Chuck Ellis Workouts. The games took place over a five-day course in August at the University of La Salle.

Councilor Kenyatta Johnson honored the winners with a special ceremony on August 31 in the courtyard. Every Rex6 player and coach received an official quote from the city council. The ceremony is also held in partnership with the Ralph Brooks Community Basketball League and the Point Breeze Youth Development Basketball League.

The tournament honors the memory of Rumph, a Philadelphia native who played college ball at Western Kentucky University. Rumph died in 2005 at the age of 21 playing a pickup game at the Mallery Recreation Center, now the Daniel E. Rumph II Recreation Center, in Germantown. Rumph’s death was caused by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is the leading cause of sudden cardiac arrest in today’s youth.

The tournament also raises money for the Philadelphia-based Daniel E. Rumph II Foundation and aims to raise funds and promote HCM. It also provides automated external defibrillators for community recreation centers across the state and CPR / AED training to the public in hopes of increasing the chances of survival for those who may experience sudden cardiac arrest.