A packed Berlin High School gymnasium filled with dozens of 3-on-3 basketball teams for the first annual Ryan T. Lee memorial tournament.
Lee's father, Dan, is the varsity basketball coach at Cheshire High School and many of his current and former players participated in the tournament.
"It tells you a lot about Ryan," said organizer John McNair. "He could be playing with high school or college players or five-year-old kids and he would go hard and try to win."
"He was a very competitive person," said fellow organizer Tim Cote.
Earlier this week, Cote hosted 40 to 50 players for a miniature golf tournament. "It was great," Cote said. "We had a lot of fun and it was another way for people who don't play basketball or golf to be involved in remembering Ryan. Mini golf was one of Ryan's favorite things to do and every time he played it was like he was playing in The Masters. It turned out great."
"We almost pulled the plug on this about a week ago because everybody said they were coming but we didn't have any registration in," McNair said. "But everyone came through and showed up."
The Second Annual Golf Tournament will be held Friday with 194 golfers and 80 more for dinner at Aqua Turf expected.