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Outdoor basketball court at William DeBerry School dedicated in memory of Springfield 9/11 victim Tyler Ugolyn
|By PATRICK JOHNSON
SPRINGFIELD - Tyler Ugolyn never felt happier than when he was on a basketball court.
His family and friends on Thursday strove to keep his memory alive by sharing that feeling with others.
City officials, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the YMCA of Greater Springfield YMCA and the Tyler Ugolyn Foundation dedicated a refurbished outdoor basketball court at the William N. Deberry School on Union Street in honor of Ugolyn.
The 23-year-old Springfield native was killed Sept. 11, 2001 in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. He was at his job on the 93rd floor of Tower 1 when the airliner struck.
"We're celebrating the life of a young man who
was born in Springfield, and his love of basketball,"
said John L. Doleva, Hall of Fame president and CEO.
"His love of the game will not be forgotten."
Since his death, his family formed a
foundation dedicated to youth basketball programs. In
particular, it seeks out and fixes up courts in inner