American Youth Basketball National Tournament coming to Grand Rapids for first time

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American Youth Basketball National Tournament coming to Grand Rapids for first time

By Steve Kaminski | Skaminsk@mlive.com
on July 20, 2016 at 1:37 PM, updated July 20, 2016 at 1:38 PM
Fort Wayne’s loss is Grand Rapids’ gain.

The American Youth Basketball National Tournament is in its 22nd year, with the past 12 being played in Fort Wayne. A schedule conflict forced tournament officials to look elsewhere for a host city, and event organizer Jim Goorman of Muskegon found one in Grand Rapids.

The tournament, which will be played at seven different Grand Rapids locations, will open Thursday and continue through Sunday’s championship round. It marks the first time in the event’s history that it will be played in Grand Rapids.

Over 200 boys and girls teams are expected to compete, and Goorman said teams will be coming in from West Michigan as well as Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. It is open for players in grades 3-12, and not only will divisions be based on grades but skill level, too.

MSA, 5435 28th Street in Grand Rapids, and Cornerstone University, will host the championship rounds on Sunday. Forest Hills Eastern, Northview and NorthPointe high schools, the Courthouse Athletic Center in Byron Center and the Mary Free Bed YMCA also will host games during the course of the weekend.

“We will have a lot of boys varsity teams,” Goorman said. “They will be a big part of the tournament.”

For more information, visit www.test.aybtour.com.


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