February second kicked off the 13th annual Pat Sonju Memorial Game in honor of celebrating Pat Sonju, a father, husband, coach, and teacher of Buffalo High School. October 27th, 1999 was the shocking day science teacher and head varsity boys basketball coach, Mr. Sonju had passed from a tumor that ruptured on his adrenal gland, following a knee surgery.
Pat has two children. Cameron Sonju, a junior at Buffalo High School,and Avery Sonju, 8th grader at Buffalo Middle School.
Every year a memorial basketball game is held in his honor with contributions from the boys basketball team. This year Buffalo currently played Orono. Buffalo won over Orono with a score of 61-40. The admission of the game was free of charge, and donations were available to be made towards the Pat Sonju Scholarship. Over $26,000 in scholarships have been provided to Buffalo High School students. The Pat Sonju Memorial endowment is at almost $47,000. There was also a silent auction with great items, raffle and Pat Sonju Memorial t-shirts for sale.
Pat Sonju has touched many lives and the annual memorial game is a great way to celebrate all the great things he has done to our community. He had many friends and family locally, and he was never afraid to show his love towards them, and his love of basketball