This Saturday the Prudential Center quietly hosted the Never Forget Tribute Classic, an annual NCAA men’s basketball doubleheader, featuring 2016 NCAA Men’s Champion Villanova vs. Notre Dame, followed by Pitt vs. Penn State. The event partnered with the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, which helps support the education of children of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
It was an impressive day all around. Budding superstar and potential National Player of the year, Josh Hart had a career-high 37 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and perfection from the free throw line. NJ natives and rising Irish stars Steve Vasturia and Matt Farrell both had 18 points for Notre Dame, dazzling their friends and family with high caliber action.
Though the real highlight of the night was what the Never Forget Tribute Classic meant. Established within one week of September 11, 2001, the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund provides education assistance for postsecondary study to financially needy dependents of the people killed or permanently disabled in the terrorist attacks. The Fund has already delivered millions of dollars in scholarship support, and will continue to offer education assistance through the year 2030, ultimately delivering more than $100 million to affected family members.
The Giorgietti family was one of countless families who experienced a devastating loss that day. Steven Giorgetti, loving husband, father of two and former employee at March & McLennan tragically lost his life that day. After connecting with the Families of Freedom Fund, his two children Alexa and Paul, were able to go onto college and experience life on Villanova’s campus. Alexa who is now a senior is expected to graduated later this year, and her brother Paul graduated in 2012, now works at March McLennan. The two kids got to meet the Villanova basketball team after practice back in November.