Second annual John J. Watson basketball tourney a success

By Rebecca Gunning, @Beck2142

The second annual John J. Watson 3v3 Basketball Tournament was held Nov. 23, 2013 and was deemed to be a success.

The tournament, run by a group of seniors for Mike Russell’s event and sponsorship marketing class, was held in honor of the late Dr. Watson, a beloved marketing professor at St. Bonaventure University who passed away in May of 2012.

The event had 17 teams total — 12 men’s teams and 5 women’s teams. There were also many spectators who showed up to watch some competitive basketball, including the Watson family.

Leslie Watson, John’s wife, was honored at the opening ceremony of the event and expressed her gratitude.

“I want to thank you all for participating today,” she said. “And I want to thank all the students for organizing this awesome event.”

Leslie also mentioned that her husband used to have his students organize a dodge ball tournament for a class so he would be happy this event backs up his “belief of practical learning.”

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Second annual basketball tournament to remember late John J. Watson

By Rebecca Gunning, @Beck2141

The second annual John J. Watson Memorial 3v3 Basketball Tournament will be held at St. Bonaventure University this Saturday in the Reilly Center Arena beginning at 11 a.m. This event is in honor of John J. Watson, a marketing professor who passed away in May of 2012.

Like last year, the tournament is being run by a group of five students who are in Dr. Mike Russell’s Event and Sponsorship Marketing class. The students are seniors Alex Lewis, Sarah Gaulin, Alyssa Primerano, Tyler Pauly and Kayla Cronin.

“It was a good event to pick because it was successful last year and Dr. Watson was a big fan of basketball,” said Lewis, a marketing major. “We wanted to do something in remembrance of a great professor who impacted the business department.”

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