SEA ISLE CITY - The first Steve Libro Men’s Basketball Tournament took place July 17, at Sea Isle City’s JFK Boulevard Park, where eight teams pre-registered to compete.
According to a municipal release, this new event was named in honor of a Sea Isle City native and local elected official, who passed away in 2020. The son of a fisherman, Commissioner Steve Libro worked as a dispatcher for the Sea Isle City Police Department before opening his own business, Libro and Mammele Construction.
Later in his career, he also worked in the local real estate industry.
In addition to his duties as commissioner, Libro was also a member of Sea Isle City’s Tourism Commission and Chamber of Commerce, as well as a volunteer sports coach, a religious education teacher at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, a Boy Scout Committee member, a Knight of Columbus member, and a beloved family man and friend to many.
“We were very happy to name this new tournament after Commissioner Libro because of his many years of service to the people of Sea Isle City, and I am certain it will be a popular event for years to come,” stated Mayor Leonard Desiderio.
When the Steve Libro Basketball Tournament came to a close on July 17, a group of young men from Camden, Delaware and Montgomery Counties, dubbed “The Hot Tub Boyz,” walked home with the first-place title, which came with gift certificates donated by Giovanni’s Delicatessen, Mike’s Seafood Market, Sands Department Store, and Big Dipper Ice Cream Parlor – and $350 donated by the Libro Family and their friends.
Two other men's basketball tournaments will also debut this summer in Sea Isle City - the Dave Farina Tournament July 31, and the Bill Liddell Tournament Aug. 14.
To learn more about these events, call the Sea Isle City Recreation Office, at 609-263-0050.