The deadline for teams to register for the much anticipated 24th Annual “Peace on Da Streets” Basketball Classic, set for July 15-20, is set for Sunday, June 30.
The games will be played at the Hope Center from Monday, July 15 to Thursday, July 18 and the action will head to the Kendal G. L. Isaacs National Gymnasium on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20.
The title sponsor for the tournament is Island Game.
Carlos Reid, organizer of the event, advised teams not to wait last minute to register. Registration is being done at The Hope Center.
“We have a buzz going on out there. Everyone is excited about it. We know that one of the things that we do is wait last minute. Teams should not wait last minute because you may be finding yourself being a spectator rather than a player,” Reid said.
An innovative thing that Reid is looking to do is have a phone app where teams can be notified about when they will be playing.
“Everything is going to be electronic. We want to make sure that all of that is set up so we can have a properly organized and running tournament where persons are not going to have to be worrying about when they are going to be playing. We have an app where you are going to know exactly what time you are going to be playing. It will help people that are working so they do not have to come to the court and just waste time waiting. We are trying to take this classic to a level where it is supposed to be at,” Reid said.
One of the most attractive divisions is the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Open Division. He explained that the winner of that division will win $2,000. Originally, there were to be eight teams but because of the attention it is garnering, they will expand it to 10 teams.
Apart from the KFC Open Division, there is expected to be four other male divisions this year. Making up those other divisions are the Jamaica Bahamas Imports 13-and-under division, the Security Systems International 16-and-under division, the Insurance Company of The Bahamas 19-and-under division and the Sky Bahamas church division.
In addition to the six division championship games that will be held on the Saturday of the classic – Family Fun Night – there will be the Rubis Slam Dunk Contest, the Sunshine Auto Three-Point Contest and the pastors and politicians take on the “Number Boys” celebrity basketball game. In addition, a lucky fan will get an opportunity to win a cash prize by attempting a half-court shot at some point that night.
Those events will start from 4 p.m. For the Sunshine Auto Three-Point Contest, the preliminaries will be held on that Friday night. The remaining three contestants will battle for the top prize on that Saturday night.
This year, Island Game will be awarding iPhones instead of trophies to the most valuable players (MVPs) in the different divisions.
Teams from Grand Bahama and Bimini are expected to play in the tournament as well, making it one of the most highly anticipated summer events in New Providence. The tournament has attracted college recruiters from the United States in the past, and this year is expected to be no different. It is anticipated that scholarships will be offered.
Last year, there were five divisions with a total of 42 teams in action. Reid thanked the public for supporting the event over the years and is asking for continued support this year.
He also thanked the many sponsors of the event, too numerous to list. He said that without them, the classic won’t be possible.
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