By Mark Lewis
Local Sports Journal

After a three-year gap, the American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) returned to Kokomo (IN) two years ago after the tournament was mothballed for three years.

Downtown is preparing for the AYBT to once again take over the city's basketball courts.

Downtown is preparing for the AYBT to once again take over the city’s basketball courts.

“This (event) is smaller because of the three-year gap, but it looks like it’s coming back,” said Kokomo AYBT site Director Josh McFarland. “We (had) about 35 teams (last) year.”

This year’s District Series Event in Kokomo runs June 7-8.

Team registration is due May 31.

The event follows the typical AYBT five-game tournament schedule. Boys teams third-through-eleventh grades and girls teams fourth-through-eleventh grades are welcome to participate.

Action will happen across Kokomo, with sites including Kokomo High School (2501 S. Berkley St.), and Lafayette Park (919 N. Kirby St.), Central (303 E. Superior St.) and Maple Crest (2727 S. Washington St.) middle schools.

Visitors from outside the area visiting for the tournament are in for a treat as the Kokomo event again coincides with RIBFEST, an annual event held at the city’s Foster Park, on the corner of Superior and South Washington streets.

The event, held to benefit Carver Community Center, will feature ribs, of course, as well as live bands, kid-friendly games and contests, concessions, a beer garden and free parking.

The City of Kokomo's Seiberling Mansion, a testament to the opulence enjoyed by the city following a boom in gas prices.

The City of Kokomo’s Seiberling Mansion, a testament to the opulence enjoyed by the city following a boom in gas prices.

As many as 5,000 folks are expected to attend.

Kokomo Beach, an all-ages resort located at 804 W. Park Ave., is also a popular tourist destination. Featuring leisure, competition and lap pools, high energy and kiddie slides, a lazy river and children’s sand playground, Kokomo Beach is an affordable way for the whole family to have fun.

Anyone looking for more information should contact McFarland at sizzilin06@yahoo.com or by phone at 765-434-6956
Admission to the event is $6 per day and $9 for a weekend pass.

 

The American Youth Basketball Tour is America’s foremost leader in team basketball skills and character development. For more information on AYBT district tournaments and events, head over to http://aybtour.com/.

 

 

 

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