50 teams play in basketball tournament to honor student's life - WKRN News 2

50 teams play in basketball tournament to honor student's life

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Photo courtesy of Ty2 Foundation Photo courtesy of Ty2 Foundation
Photo courtesy of Ty2 Foundation Photo courtesy of Ty2 Foundation
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

This weekend, some 50 teams will play basketball in memory of Ty Osman, a Brentwood High School graduate who was killed in a car accident last year, in a 3-on-3 tournament at Lipscomb University.

"He loved basketball most and with our church guys, he played in the church league all the time and it just seemed like something he was always looking forward to," David Sessions from Woodmont Church of Christ told Nashville's News 2.

Ty, a 2011 high school graduate and freshman at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, died while traveling to Texas for a spring break trip.

In a chain-reaction car collision on Interstate 30 near Hook, Texas, Ty's caravan was rear-ended. When he got out of his car to check on his friends a passing truck hit his car, sending the car into him.

Ty suffered three broken ribs that punctured several organs, leading to his death the following night on March 3, 2012.

Prior to his death, Ty told his parents that he wished to be an organ donor, and his family carried out those wishes.

"Just the way that he [Ty] treated people, his focus was on others and he did that all the way to the very end," Tim Smith said.

Due to his donation he was able to provide organs to three people in need of transplants.

Donate Life Tennessee, which will receive all of the proceeds from Ty's 3-on-3 basketball tournament this weekend, is the state's official non-profit organ and tissue donor registry.

According to the organization's Web site, more than 2,400 people in the state are waiting for life-saving organ transplants and in 2011, 122 Tennessee residents died while waiting for transplants.

For more information visit www.Ty2Foundation.org.

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