By Jack Vinton
Local Sports Journal

The city of Grand Rapids, MI will host an American Youth Basketball Tour event on the weekend of June 8th.

The west side of the state of Michigan has a rich basketball tradition, and AYBT director Todd Schenck, who has been working with AYBT since 1997, is proud to help continue the legacy. The Grand Rapids event, which has been taking place since the founding of AYBT in 1995, typically draws around 100 teams. Most of the teams come from Western Michigan, but there are teams from the East side Michigan, as well as surrounding states.

This year’s event will feature both boys and girls teams, with ages ranging from fourth grade to twelfth grade. Each team will play five games against other teams of their age and skill level, which is a key component of the AYBT philosophy.

“It is a developmental philosophy with a tournament atmosphere,” said Schenck. “We encourage the equal play philosophy for all the kids. When you join AYBT, you will play a season of games over the summer, and it will culminate in a single-elimination tournament at Nationals.”

The equal play philosophy extends to Nationals, where every team can enter the tournament, no matter what their record was during the season.

The city of Grand Rapids is a great place to spend a summer weekend. Families in town for the AYBT event can check out John Ball Zoo, Fred Meijer Garden, and the Grand Rapids Public Museum, among numerous other attractions.

For more information about the AYBT and future events, visit

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