The Dan Fitzgerald Memorial Basketball Tournament, “The Fitz”, is a premier high school basketball tournament held in Spokane, Washington to honor the memory of Dan Fitzgerald. Dan was a legendary basketball coach at Gonzaga University, Santa Clara University and Archbishop Mitty High School. Dan’s success on the court was as much about the man that he was off the court than anything else. Wins and losses were measured more in the lives that he touched than in the final score of any contest. Dan was very active with local charities including the Spokane Gospel Mission Outreach, Boys and Girls Club of Spokane and local youth sports organizations among others. He also dedicated countless hours to many local high school and youth coaches to share his philosophies on basketball and life.
To keep his legacy of service and commitment alive the net proceeds of The Fitz Tournament will go to deserving charities selected by the Fitzgerald family every year. In addition each student athlete participant spends volunteer hours at a local charity giving back to the community in the tradition of Dan and Darleen Fitzgerald. To date The Fitz has raised over $100,000 to benefit charities that the Fitzgerald family supports. Among the 2014 recipients were the Spokane Boys and Girls Club, the Midnight Basketball Program through Hoopfest, The Greater Spokane League Needy Student Fund, Second Harvest and the Dan Fitzgerald Memorial Endowment Scholarship at Archbishop Mitty High School.