The 21st  Century Tolland Fund believes every youth athlete deserve a chance. 

The 21st Century Tolland Fund Charity Classic supports and funds programs that support athletes with disabilities, serving 22,000 people in 22 statewide programs annually. 

For more than 40 years, The Tournament has raised funds, increases public awareness, and educates sport and recreation professionals for athletes with all types of disabilities. 

Our organization also builds Kevin's Kourts; inclusive basketball courts located throughout central CT.  By the end of 2023, Kevin's Kourts have been installed in West Hartford, South Windsor, Hartford, Waterbury, Channel 3 Kids Camp and East Lyme, CT. This past summer, we helped underwrite a Miracle League inclusive baseball field in Vernon, CT. 

Donny Marshall Charity Classic is our signature fundraising event and we want to thank the sponsors, volunteers and of course all of you participating to make this event an annual celebration of not what we can’t do, but of what we can.

Here are four stories of championing adaptive sports.

Delmace Mayo, 2022 George McLaughlin Award

16 year old Delmace Mayo has a spinal cord injury, but he has never let this slow him down.

Born in Haiti and abandoned by his birth family before he was a year old, he spent several years living at a home for disabled youth – and that’s where he met his adoptive mother, Cathy Mayo. He was 3½ when the 2010 earthquake occurred. It severely damaged the building where he lived – but it also paved the way for him to come to the US sooner than expected. Since arriving in the US, Delmace has had one speed – FAST! In the Intermediate Division of the WCMX World championships Delmace placed 1st in 2017, 2018 & 2019, and in the Virtual Worlds in 2020. Delmace's main sport is track. He is currently the 100 meters and 200 meters National record holder in the U17 division for US para sports, and the U14 National discus record holder. Delmace was recently named 2022 Boston Public Schools Male Track Athlete of the Year -- and was just named Sports &N Spokes magazine Junior Athlete of the Year at this summer's Junior Nationals.

Not bad for a teenager who started life surviving a spiral cord injury and an earthquake.

Steve Emt, Beijing Paralympics in 2022

The 21st Century Tolland Fund supports Steve Emt, United States Paralympian, who competed in the 2022 Paralympics just last month in Beijing. Steve will be joining us at this year’s Tournament and will be running the Tribal youth basketball clinic for us. From a small town in Connecticut to West Point, UCONN Basketball, a devastating automobile accident, and now a 2-time U.S. Paralympian... Steve has been through more than most people. But Steve isn't like most people. He's overcome all the adversities that he's been faced with to become a successful educator, empowering people of all ages all around the world to become the hero of their own life.

We’re so grateful Steve is part of our team and help other young athletes to get on a roll.

Ann Thompson, 2022 William “Bill “ Schamback Award Winner

Ann Thompson’s dream was to be an Olympic skier. But while training on the ice-capped mountains of Austria in August 1985 for the 1988 Winter Olympics, she lost her balance, somersaulted and landed on her back. A spinal cord injury left her paralyzed from the middle of her chest down. Despite her paralysis, she dreamed of returning to that mountain. Ann would never walk again.

Her parents coaxed her into joining the Cruisers, a competitive wheelchair sports team of 5- to 18-year-olds. Ann never looked back… Ann won Silver Medals for 1999 USA National Wheelchair Basketball Team in Mexico City, Mexico and Silver Media for USA Gold Cup Basketball Team in Sydney, Australia. Ann was a member of four U.S. Paralympic Teams (3 in track) 1988- Seoul South Korea; 1992- Barcelona, Spain 1996 - Atlanta, Ga and 1 for basket ballat 2000- Sydney, Australia where she won 1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze.

Today, Ann coaches kids to reach their own mountain tops as Program and assistant coach at the Hospital for Special Care and assistant director and coach at Ivan Lendl adaptive sports camp.

Kevin’s Kourts, Inclusive Basketball Courts

21st Century Tolland Fund are building Kevin's Kourts, wheelchair inclusive basketball courts. By the end of 2023, Kevin's Kourts are in West Hartford, South Windsor, Hartford, Waterbury, Channel 3 Kids Camp, and East Lyme, CT.

Kevin’s Kourt has 10 brightly colored stations with different angled backboards and different level rims developed by Bankshot™, a pioneer in the inclusive basketball play structures.

The first Kevin’s Kourt was built in 2016 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford. The ceremony featured a special ceremonial “Net” raising. Teaming up with NCAA Champion Coach Kevin Ollie in the “Net” ceremony were Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and members of Ryan Martin Foundation & Hospital for Special Care Junior Wheelchair Basketball program and Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford.

Proceeds have supported: