By Mark Lewis
Local Sports Journal

The American Youth Basketball Tour’s (AYBT) second visit to the City of Bloomington (IN) will take on a special meaning July 5-6, as participants will not only play in normal five-game District Series Event (DSE) action but also will take part in a benefit for US Service people called Hoops for Troops.

Teams from all over Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio will participate in this weekend's Bloomington 2: Hoops for Troops.

Teams from all over Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio will participate in this weekend’s Bloomington 2: Hoops for Troops.

Directed by Todd Barbour, activities have traditionally been held at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Shirk Center, 302 E. Emerson St., in Bloomington.

The event will benefit Compassion International, which provides direction and leadership to children around the world and Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, which honors Americas’ military veterans.

Boys from third-through-ninth grades and girls in sixth-and-seventh grades will participate.

Fans looking to catch all the action will pay $5 per day for adults and $4 per day for students and seniors.

For more information, contact Barbour at 309-287-2611 or by email at

While in Bloomington, visitors will have plenty of options for things to do.

Check out a Sumatran Tiger, a Galapagos Tortoise, and red pandas at theMiller Park Zoo (115 E. Washington St.), while at Grady’s Family Fun Park (1501 Morrissey Dr.), the fun includes water rides, games, mini golf, the Pepsi Ice Center (skating).

The Constitution Trail (walking, jogging, cycling), which constitutes several miles of trails around the city, offers visitors a new way to see Bloomington.

Golf also is a popular activity and the options are led by The Den at Fox Creek, a nationally rated Arnold Palmer Signature Course open to the public.


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

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