Grand Rapids will host one of three American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) national tournaments this summer.LSJ Logo incert

The annual event, which features about 300 teams from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois, has been played in Fort Wayne, Indiana for the past 12 years.

The Grand Rapids national tournament, scheduled for July 21-24, will be centered at the MVP Fieldhouse, which has five courts. Other venues in the area will also be used for the tournament.

“It’s exciting to think that Muskegon area teams will now have more accessibility to participate in a national tournament, with its close proximity,” said Jim Goorman, the former longtime boys basketball coach at Western Michigan Christian High School and current director of regional AYBT events in Muskegon and Ludington.

“We are dedicated to help area basketball players hone their skills and elevate their games. We take pride in the fact that Muskegon area basketball has improved over our 21-year history. We will continue to give more opportunities for kids to play the great game of basketball through AYBT.”

The AYBT is a summer tournament series for boys and girls basketball players in grades 3-12, competing in a 5-on-5 format. The tournaments are based in the Midwest and east coast of the U.S.

More than 20,000 teams, including more than 200,000 players, have played in local and national tournaments since the AYBT formed in 1995.

The Muskegon regional AYBT tournament is scheduled for June 11-12 and the Ludington tournament is slated for July 15-16.

For more information, log on to www.aybtour.com.