By Mark Lewis
Local Sports Journal

The American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) rolls into Battle Creek (MI) this weekend, June 14-15, to fill ‘Cereal City’ with loads of basketball players and fans.

Battle Creek, the founding place for both Kellogg and Post cereal companies, will host an AYBT DSE June 14-15.

Battle Creek, the founding place for both Kellogg and Post cereal companies, will host an AYBT DSE June 14-15.

The five-game tourney structure District Series Event (DSE) will take place at Battle Creek Central High School (100 W Van Buren St.) and Full Blast Recreation Center (35 Hamblin Ave.).

The latter is an 88,000-square foot fitness center, gymnasium, and multi-purpose space. Adjacent to Full Blast is Flash Flood, an enormous outdoor water park, where AYBT participants will get a chance to cool off.

This year represents quite a chance for the Battle Creek district than in past year.s

“In the past we have used Kellogg Community College, Full Blast and Triple Threat along with our local schools,” said District Director Chuck Miknis. “Triple Threat’s facilities have closed, so Full Blast is the site we will use.  It has 3 courts and it’s attached to the outdoor water park that can be used for a nominal fee.”

The DSE will host boys third-through-eleventh grades and girls fourth-through-eleventh grades.

For more information on this DSE, contact Miknis at 269-275-1759 or by email at aybtmiknis@aol.com.

For those looking for something to do during the tournament, Cereal City – which got its name because both Kellogg and Post  were founded in the city – provides plenty to keep you busy, including Binder Park Zoo (7400 Division Dr.), which has an extensive ‘Wild Africa’ installation to enjoy.

Adjacent to Full Blast is Flash Flood, an enormous outdoor water park, where AYBT participants will get a chance to cool off.

Adjacent to Full Blast is Flash Flood, an enormous outdoor water park, where AYBT participants will get a chance to cool off.

Battle Creek also has an extensive history with the Seventh Day Adventist religious moment, highlighted by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg Discovery Center (480 West Van Buren), a recreation of a historic Adventist village so common to the area in the 19th Century.

For those looking for something a little less salubrious may place their beats at the Firekeepers Casino (11177 East Michigan Ave.), a 236,000-square-foot casino and hotel owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi.

 

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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