Brandon Sprewer’s legacy lives on at basketball tourney

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MILWAUKEE — Special Olympian Brandon Sprewer was a young man with a cognitive disability. In 2006, he was killed during an armed robbery while waiting for the bus. He was 22-years-old. Now, Sprewer’s spirit lives on through his favorite sport: basketball.

This weekend was the sixth annual Brandon Sprewer Special Olympics Basketball Tournament. More than 50 teams from across the state competed in the former Special Olympic athlete’s honor.

Sprewer’s family watched the games Saturday morning. Sprewer’s grandmother Billie Clark says though it’s in it’s sixth year, the tournament is still emotional, as athletes past and present come back to the event, and say “thank you” to her and the rest of the family.

“When I walk into a room I feel like, the kids just hug me because they were at the funeral. They know me in the street. They know me at Goodwill. They call me ‘Grandma’ and I just think that’s beautiful. I just love them,” Clark said.

The tournament was held at Vincent High School in Milwaukee.