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. Directed by Todd Barbour, activities have traditionally been held at Illinois Wesleyan   Read More ...

Categories: Bloomington, Indiana

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal With the rapid proliferation of smart phones and compact, high-quality video recorders, it seems like nearly everyone has the ability to capture and upload footage to the internet with just a few clicks of a mouse or swipes on a touch screen. American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) events are no different. AYBT has a considerable presence on video sharing sites like YouTube, and as   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal Over the first half of his life, John Waller lived in the West African nation of Liberia. Not that you’d know it. Waller, who was adopted at 12 by Angela and Darin Waller, doesn’t seem to have any discernible accent or practice divergent cultural customs. In fact, he pretty much seems like your average American teenager. And yet, behind the appearance of normalcy lies a   Read More ...

Categories: Bloomington, featured, Michigan

By Mike Mattson Local Sports Journal BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – David Kreps is a sharp salesman for the American Youth Basketball Tour. Kreps serves as director of the national tournament in Bloomington, Ill., and doesn’t hesitate to trump the positives about AYBT and Bloomington. “Here’s why teams like our event,” Kreps said. “We are very well organized. Things run on time. Our facilities are located in Bloomington and Normal. (People) comment   Read More ...

Categories: Bloomington, Nationals

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal Hard to believe, but the American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) is entering its final week of district series events, headlined by the Southwest Michigan Slam in Benton Harbor and five other events in Michigan, Illinois and Ohio Benton Harbor-St. Joseph residents may think the AYBT is taking over their town July 13-14 as the Southwest Michigan Slam will hold events at seven area facilities.   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal With the rapid proliferation of smart phones and compact, high-quality video recorders, it seems like nearly everyone has the ability to capture and upload footage to the internet with just a few clicks on a mouse or swipes on a touch screen. American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) events are no different. AYBT has a considerable presence on video sharing sites like YouTube, and as   Read More ...

By Mike Mattson Local Sports Journal BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – David Kreps is a sharp salesman for the American Youth Basketball Tour. Kreps serves as director of the national tournament in Bloomington, Ill., and doesn’t hesitate to trump the positives about AYBT and Bloomington. “Here’s why teams like our event,” Kreps said. “We are very well organized. Things run on time. Our facilities are located in Bloomington and Normal. (People) comment   Read More ...