When most boys turn 13, they hope to get a new gaming system or the jersey of their favorite athlete.
For 13-year-old Benjamin Metsch, he wanted to help an organization that remains close to his, and his mother's, hearts.
After his Bar Mitzvah in October, Metsch realized he wanted to do something to help his community and support the Cancer Center where his mother, Renee, was treated twice for breast cancer. Renee was treated in 1999, and again in 2017.
Metsch, who lives in North Andover, decided to hold a basketball tournament in an effort to fund-raise for the organization.
More than 70 North Andover and Andover teens, grades 6 through 8, recently participated in the tournament, which raised over $1,600 for breast cancer research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.
The tournament featured 24 teams playing 3-on-3 games at the North Andover Youth Center. About 43 games were played. The “Pants in Socks" took home the victory at the tournament.