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Basketball tournament helps honor memory of Rob Pursley

Posted at 6:43 PM, Dec 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-09 06:21:42-05

BLUE ASH, Ohio -- More than a decade after his death, Rob Pursley is still helping others.

Basketball motivated Rob. He played at Sycamore and was a walk-on at Bellarmine University. This weekend, basketball teams will tip off for a scholarship fundraiser in honor of him. 

Rob was a young financial advisor and his parents' youngest son. He was shot and killed outside Mulligan's in Hyde Park.

"The biggest fear a parent has, and I know I had, was people are going to forget Rob," his dad, Dan Pursley said.

The family has been giving scholarships to Sycamore student-athletes for years, especially those who plan to walk-on in their sports, like Rob. Dan Pursley said the students' essays have helped them heal.

"We've really been focused since the beginning of the tragedy on trying to turn something out of it and make something positive," Dan Pursley said. 

The money comes largely from a basketball tournament. Games start at noon Saturday and Sunday in Blue Ash. 

So far, they've awarded 30 scholarships and nearly $30,000.

"If you didn't love someone so much, it wouldn't hurt so bad," Dan Pursley said. "We've tried to adopt that: it does hurt and you can't take away the pain and you'll never forget him."

For more information about the tournament and scholarship, visit the Remembering Rob Pursley website here.