Bronx streetball legend Dexter Gardiner honors family through basketaball tourney

Bronx streetball legend Dexter Gardiner honors family through basketaball tourney


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/ DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Dexter Gardiner organized the Gardiner Memorial basketball tournamet in St. James Park to honor his brother Derrick, who died in 2006 in a car accident.

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Dexter Gardiner organized the Gardiner Memorial basketball tournamet in St. James Park to honor his brother Derrick, who died in 2006 in a car accident.

Bronx street ball legend Dexter Gardiner is keeping the legacy of his family alive the only way he knows how – by giving back with an annual basketball tournament.
To honor his twin brother, Derrick – a well known player in his own right – who died in a fatal car crash, Gardiner is running a two-day tournament that provides scholarships for local kids.”I look forward to this,” said Gardiner, 44, in his sixth year running the two-day street ball spectacular, sponsored by LawyerTime.com over the weekend.”My mom taught us how to give back to the community,” he said, recalling not having any money to bury five family members who were killed in the horrific July 9, 2006, Bronx River Parkway crash.

In addition to his brother, his best friend, brother-in-law, niece and two nephews were killed.

Only one person – his nephew – survived.

He said the city chipped in to help cover the funeral costs and ever since he’s wanted to give back.

The tournmanent had been held at St. James Park where he and his brother played, but yesterday’s rain pushed the semifinals and finals inside Gauchos gym on Gerard Ave. Players came from across the city, including many college standouts and street ball superstars.

This year the Gardiner Memorial Foundation gave away 100 book bags and five $1,500 scholarships to local kids, said lawyer Jeff Korek, co-organizer.

“It makes me feel like they are still here with me,” Gardiner said of his family members. “I’ve just been blessed.”

“The community looks forward to this two-day event. Whatever we can do to keep the kids off the streets,” he said.

“This is a part of me. I want to show people that people care.”

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