Geihsler Memorial tournament to benefit McCook TeamMates

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Team "The Alley Cats," consisting of Brendan, left, and Geoff Gillen, are practicing for the Dixie Geihsler Memorial Adult/Child 2 on 2 Basketball Tournament and Shooting Stars Competition on Sept. 26. The event is in memory of Brendan's grandmother, Dixie Geihsler, who passed away in 2012. Brendan has fond memories of catching frogs with his grandmother's "frog rake" and sliding down her slip and slide. (Courtesy photo)

McCOOK, Neb. -- Dixie Geihsler loved children. She spent hours planning parties and celebrations for her grandchildren, and she enjoyed those celebrations almost as much as the kids did. When they came to visit her at her rural home south of Indianola, all of her attention and energy was focused on making sure that they would have a memorable experience.

Dixie passed away in July of 2012. Because of her devotion to children, daughter Brenda Gillen and her family have decided to organize the Dixie Geihsler Memorial Adult/Child 2 on 2 Basketball Tournament and Shooting Stars Competition.

"We wanted to memorialize Mom with an event that brought children and adults together," said Brenda, "because that was so important to her -- to spend quality time with young people."

The competition is open to both boys and girls and will be held Saturday, Sept. 26 at the McCook High School gymnasium. The Shooting Stars competition will begin at 1 p.m. with a three-point shoot-out and free throw contest. The two-on-two tournament will begin at 2:15 p.m.

What makes this tournament unique is that teams must consist of two players - one adult aged 17 or older; and one child aged 6 to 16. Each team is guaranteed to play two games.

The cost for the Shooting Stars Competition is $25 per team, the two-on-two basketball tournament is $35 per team, or to register for both competitions is $50 per team. Proceeds from the event will benefit McCook TeamMates Mentoring Program.

"Coach Tom Osborne and his wife, Nancy, were the driving force behind the TeamMates Mentoring Program," said Brenda, "and Tom Osborne was my mom's hero. So we thought it was so appropriate to choose that organization because of its mission of helping today's youth."

Team members will receive a T-shirt if they register before the deadline of Sept. 14. Registration forms are available at McCook Gazette, Sports Shoppe, or online at

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  • Dixie, TeamMates, Brenda, the Gazette...all helpers of children! Thanks

    -- Posted by dennis on Thu, Sep 3, 2015, at 3:43 PM
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