Members of the Libro family join with players from the winning team for a group photo after the tournament. (Courtesy of Sea Isle City)

The inaugural Steve Libro Men’s Basketball Tournament took place on July 17 at Sea Isle City’s JFK Boulevard Park, where eight teams pre-registered to compete.

The new event was named in honor of a Sea Isle 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 Police Department before opening his own business, Libro & Mammele Construction. Later in his career, he also worked in the local real estate industry.

In addition to his duties as a city commissioner, Libro was also a member of Sea Isle’s Tourism Commission and Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a volunteer sports coach, a religious education teacher at St. Joseph Catholic Church, a Boy Scout committee member, a Knight of Columbus 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,” said Mayor Leonard Desiderio.

A team of players from Camden, Delaware and Montgomery counties, dubbed “The Hot Tub Boyz,” walked home with the first place title in the tournament.

Prizes for the winning team included 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, the Dave Farina Tournament on July 31 and the Bill Liddell Tournament on Aug. 14.

To learn more about these events, call the Sea Isle Recreation Office at 609-263-0050.