12 years later, Medford's 'Singler Open' continues to thrive

The Singler Open is now in its 12th year of operation. (KTVL/Genevieve Grippo)

More than 200 youth basketball teams played at 12 locations for the 12th annual Singler Open on Saturday and Sunday.

The basketball tournament raises money for Kids Unlimited, which provides a charter school and after school programs to high poverty schools in the Rogue Valley.

"[It makes] a huge difference for Kids Unlimited itself, and then also the charter school itself," said Alexandria Warnke-Crary, a teacher at Kids Unlimited and four-year volunteer with the event.

"It's one of our biggest fundraisers that brings money in for us to continue doing after school programs, continue doing enrichment programs for the school, she said. "And then its also something that's really fun for the kids who are playing."

The tournament was started 12 years ago by Kyle Singler, a South Medford High School alumni and current NBA player for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Singler created the event as his senior project at South High. Since then, the tournament has grown tremendously.

"If my memory serves me, it was about 35 teams when the first year started," said Warnke-Crary. "And now we're up to over 200 teams."

The Singler family has continued to be involved in the event over the years. Kyle Singler visited the tournament over the weekend to meet players, sign autographs, and see how his creation has grown.

Each team was required to pay a entry fee up to $350, and tickets for spectators are sold at the door.

With that, Warnke-Crary said Kids Unlimited is expected to raise tens of thousands of dollars.

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