St. Monica Catholic School is calling for teams to participate in “Shoot’em up for Mabeth”, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament fundraiser for seventh-grader, Mabeth Diaz, and his family.

During a camping trip July 4, Mabeth suffered a severe leg injury when a truck driving the wrong way down a one-way street collided with his four-wheeler. He’s still being treated at Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and has undergone about 15 surgeries to rebuild his shattered leg, and the outcome is uncertain.

Originally from Costa Rica with no relatives in the U.S., the Diaz family has two other boys — a 15-year-old with Down Syndrome and a 3-year-old with health complications. Family friend Delisa Schlauchter, who is helping organize the fundraiser, said Mabeth is their “golden boy” — a straight-A student and star athlete who has played basketball and soccer at St. Monica for the past two years. The family has lived in Dallas for about 10 years.

The two-day tournament is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 28-29 in the school gym. The entry fee is $100 per team if registered by Sunday and $120 on game day. Schlauchter hopes to see 100 teams participate in this community-wide event, which includes concessions and a raffle for a Hawaiian vacation. All proceeds benefit the Mabeth Diaz Fund. Register for the tournament or make a contribution here.

The family has already seen an outpouring of support from St. Monica where Mabeth’s classmates have raised hundreds of dollars with a lemonade stand and raffle tickets have already been sold.


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