For the first year, Professionals Engaged in Advancing Kingsport (PEAK) is sponsoring a HORSE basketball tournament for all ages and skill levels. Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport’s Great Futures campaign, which funds the club’s general operating expenses.
“We’ve been really lucky that every year we have a lot of community support,” said Tina Pasquale, director of development and communications for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport. “Everybody remembers the Boys & Girls Club and they’re really supportive, but another part of this tournament is outreach so that people come in and know what we’re about and see the facilities.”
How to play
The tournament will take place July 27 starting at 9 a.m. at the club, located at 1 Positive Place. Pasquale said the competition is open to anyone ages 6 to 106 and will be broken down into three divisions: 6-9, 10-17 and 18 and older.
Players in the second and third divisions will play true HORSE, while those in the youngest division will play a shortened version called PIG, Pasquale said. Those who aren’t familiar with HORSE can view a list of rules at www.kbgc.org/2019-horse-tournament.
“We’ll have prizes for each age group,” Pasquale said. “We’re also going to have trophies … so that people can say they are the HORSE champion in the Tri-Cities.”
Preregistration is required by July 24 and must be done online at www.kbgc.org. Registration is $5 for children ages 6-17 and $10 for adults. Spectators are invited to watch the tournament for $3, and concessions will be available.
Pasquale said the club relies heavily on community contributions to stay in operation. Its Great Futures campaign aims to raise $97,000 and is about halfway to that goal.
“I’d love to see over 100 people,” Pasquale said of the tournament. “The more people, the more fun it is, and you have that competition going. … It would be a great way for groups of friends to come together and have a great time and see who gets the furthest in the tournament.”
For more information, call (423) 230-4160 ext. 232, visit www.kbgc.org or search for “Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport” on Facebook.