Dundee-Crown graduate Dave Schultz found a way to help others through something he loves – basketball.
Schultz, for the past seven years, has used hoops to help pediatric cancer research and the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Dundee Township through the Jamie Wise and Sean Toedman Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. Last year, it was changed from a tournament to a gala at Randall Oaks Golf Club.
This year, Schultz is moving back to basketball to help former D-C player Greg McNally. In February, McNally, a 2009 D-C graduate, was found unresponsive in his bed by his wife, Lily. An arteriovenous malformation (AVM) was determined to have caused a clot in his brain and a subsequent stroke.
Schultz organized a new event to help McNally, the first Dundee-Crown vs. Jacobs alumni basketball games, which will be played May 12 at D-C’s gymnasium. Admission price for the event, which will have a women’s game and a men’s game, is $5 a person. Children younger than 2 are free.
McNally is improving, but has significant rehabilitation and surgery ahead of him. Proceeds from the event will go to help the family’s medical expenses. There also is a GoFundMe page set up for Greg and Lily that has raised more than $40,000.
Schultz is lining up former girls and boys players from D-C and Jacobs over the past 25 years to play in the games. Current D-C boys coach Lance Huber will coach the Chargers boys team and former Jacobs coach Jim Hinkle will coach the Golden Eagles.
Former D-C girls coach Joe Komaromy will coach the Chargers girls. Jacobs girls coach Joe Benoit, who had McNally as an assistant on his staff for three years, will coach the Jacobs team.
“There’s been a lot of buzz on Facebook,” said Schultz, who graduated from D-C in 2004. “I went to the Elgin vs. Larkin alumni game in January, and it was an amazing turnout. A good goal for us would be $10,000. It takes a little catalyst to get it going and everyone wants to help.”
Schultz said some of the former D-C players slated to play are Jeff Beck, Marcus Henry and Rob Stupar from the Chargers’ 2009 Class 4A Final Four team. Also, Mike McKibben, Graper Griffin and Ryan Harris from past teams, as well as Gabe Bergeron from this year’s team.
Former Jacobs players Eric Vierneisel and Mark Sommerville (both from 2004) are putting together a roster with Kevin and Mark Slimko, Bryan Hinkle, Todd Weiss and Brian Nutt. They are hoping Johnny Moran, the Eagles’ career scoring leader who had a standout career at Northern Iowa, will play.
“We’re putting T-shirts together, there will be a D-C version and a Jacobs version, for $20,” Schultz said. “We hope to make some money selling them at the game.”
Schultz hopes for the game to become an annual event that alternates between the two high schools and could be used for a different cause each year.