Kate Abel Memorial Basketball Tournament

Villa Joseph Marie will once again hold the Kate Abel Memorial Basketball Tournament on Saturday, November 25, 2023. Named for a 2009 Villa graduate who was killed by a drunk driver in 2014, our basketball showcase tournament features teams from the Bucks County area, as well as numerous Villa Alumnae who gather for an Alumnae basketball game. All proceeds benefit a scholarship for Villa Joseph Marie High School in Kate's name.

The Abel family and Villa Joseph Marie thank those that support us in remembering Kate with such an amazing event. We are confident that Kaitlin’s memory, and the example of selflessness she portrayed, will be preserved and awarded through this scholarship. Contact Matt Grunwell, Director of Advancement, at mgrunwell@vjmhs.org with any questions about the event.


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Kate Abel

Kaitlin N. Abel ’09 was a best friend to many. She was a role model oldest sibling and a beloved daughter. Throughout her 23 years of life, she overachieved in academics, athletics, and service to her community, especially during her time at Villa Joseph Marie (‘09) and La Salle University (’13). Despite her relentless pursuit toward academic and career goals focused on Physical Therapy, including balancing many jobs and endless amounts of schoolwork, Kate always made time for those around her. At the time that Kate was taken from this world, she was in the middle of a boundless trajectory toward success that she alone created. Those that knew her will forever miss her spirit and her smile, and the time that was always well spent together.