NCAA pool to honor Newtown's 'Little CEO'

March, 19, 2013
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Six-year-old Jessica Rekos loved whales. “The Little CEO” of her family also liked organizing projects.

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Courtesy the Rekos familyAfter watching Free Willy, Jessica Rekos developed a passion for orcas and oceanography.
So hopefully, she really would have enjoyed this.

To honor Rekos, one of the beautiful children killed in December’s Newtown, Conn., shooting, Team Jessica Rekos has put together a Tournament Challenge pool to raise money for whale education and conservation.

The winner of the bracket contest receives an all-expense-paid trip to next year’s North Carolina-Duke game in Durham. And the knowledge that they contributed to the memory of a smiling child who loved to set the table, choose the Friday night movie and read about orcas, which she became fascinated with after watching “Free Willy” and observing whales at Cape Cod.

“She loved whales,” said pool organizer Jason McCallum, a Newtown native, “and this is a wonderful way to remember her.”

Instructions for entering a bracket can be found here. There is no limit to the number of entries you can make, but they must be in by Thursday.

The grand prize is a trip for two to see the greatest rivalry in college basketball, UNC-Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on the weekend of March 7-9, 2014. Airfare, two nights hotel and a rental car are also included.

"We want Jessica and the things she loved," McCallum said, "to never be forgotten."

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