Chicago Park District Hosts Deaf Basketball Tournament March 14-15 at Washington Park
The Chicago Park District’s Deaf & Hard of Hearing program and the Central Basketball Association of the Deaf (CBAD) will co-host the 6th Annual Regional Basketball Tournament tomorrow-Saturday, March 14 -15 at Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
The tournament tips off tomorrow at 5 p.m. with games played until 9 p.m. The games continue on Saturday with games from 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission is free of charge for all spectators.
“The Chicago Park District offers a wide range of programs, tournaments and events to ensure that every Chicagoan has the opportunity to be active and compete athletically,” said Michael Kelly, General Superintendent and CEO of the Chicago Park District. “We are proud to again co-sponsor this year’s tournament, which will undoubtedly showcase incredible athletic performances.”
This will be the Chicago Park District’s second year co-hosting the tournament with CBAD. The Chicago Park District’s Deaf & Hard of Hearing program will be represented by three teams playing in the tournament: the Lady Panthers, a female team; and two male teams – the Chicago Rebels and the Chicago Beasts.
Other teams participating in the tournament include men’s teams the Detroit Panthers, from the Detroit Club of the Deaf; Chicago, from the Chicago Club of the Deaf; Indy Hawks, from the Indiana Club of the Deaf; and one women’s team, the Detroit Star Cats, from the Detroit Club of the Deaf.
CBAD is one of eight regional basketball organizations serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing athletes who participate in organized sports activities within the region. CBAD sponsors clubs in seven neighboring states (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin), which meet at annual regional tournaments.
Next, the teams will advance to the United States of America Deaf Basketball’s (USADB) annual men and women’s basketball tournament that draws more than 28 teams from eight different regions. Athletes chosen to participate in the Deaf Olympics and International Basketball games are selected from the most promising players at the USADB tournaments.