Great basketball for a great cause

Photo courtesy of Desert Duel Charity Basketball Tournament.

The fourth annual Desert Duel Charity Basketball Tournament will showcase elite youth basketball players from across the nation in a two-day tournament starting Wednesday, July 27, at Mesquite High School, 500 S. McQueen Rd. in Gilbert.

The tournament attracts the country’s top college coaches, recruiters and talent scouts and benefits Gilbert-based Tom Crawford’s Leadership Children’s Foundation, which funds various children’s charities. Since its inception in 1997, TCLCF has directed more than $2.5 million to organizations dedicated to helping children, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Childhelp, Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, and TGen Foundation for Brain Cancer Research.

TCLCF has handpicked the tournament’s participating teams. Last year the event attracted more than 250 college coaches with more than 175 from the Division I level, resulting in 175 players receiving scholarship offers valued at more than $3.2 million.

“We are so honored to be a part of an event that provides opportunities for athletes and hope for children in need,” says Tammy Crawford, executive director for the foundation.

The tournament is open to the public. Admission is $20 for both days for adults and children under 12 are free. The entry fee has been waived for all teams, thanks to donations made by the tournament’s sponsors, which include ESPN, Nike, Powerade and Valley Toyota Dealers.

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