Muir and Pasadena high schools will take part in a basketball charity tournament Sunday at Calabasas High that will benefit former Muir star Joe Frazier, the victim of a recent hit-and-run motorcycle accident who has slipped into a coma.
Muir boys basketball coach Gamal Smalley said what started out as a small basketball game between the Mustangs and Calabasas, where Frazier is an assistant boys basketball coach, evolved into an outpouring of support from surrounding communities.
The event was spearheaded by former Muir teammate and Cleveland Cavaliers center Ryan Hollins, Calabasas basketball coach Jon Palarz and Muir’s Smalley. Proceeds will go to help Frazier’s medical expenses. Event organizers are asking for $10 donations.
The event, initially a one-game showcase, now is an eight-game tournament beginning with Calabasas’ junior varsity team taking on Campbell Hall at 10:45. Pasadena will take on Oaks Christian at 6:15 p.m. followed by the final game of Muir-Calabasas at 7:30.
Frazier was a standout at Muir before earning Big West Conference All-Freshman team honors at Cal State Northridge, where he still holds the school record for most steals (10) in a game.
“Joseph is such a special young man and has touched the lives of so many people that we definitely wanted to help him and his family in any way we could,” Smalley said. “In doing this event we also hope to bring awareness to such dangers as texting while driving, helmets for cyclists, as well as a sense of overall community that Joseph has made happen, even through this tragedy.”
The game initially was scheduled to be held at Cal State Northridge where Frazier played for Bobby Braswell, but Smalley said the NCAA did not approve the venue. He also said Braswell stated his players will be at Calabasas on Sunday to support the cause because they were touched and inspired.