Candy Cane Classic Basketball Tournament to be held this weekend

A winning team from a previous Candy Cane Classic. (photo courtesy of: Troy Porter)

A winning team from a previous Candy Cane Classic. (photo courtesy of: Troy Porter)

The 30th annual McKelvey and Banks Candy Cane Classic Basketball Tournament will be held Friday through Sunday.

Boys and girls ages 14 and under will compete in three divisions from 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. in the Police Activities League gym, Richmond Recreation Center gym and Richmond Auditorium. Trophies will be awarded to the first and second place winners in each division.

The event began in 1981 as a way to get all the Richmond community center basketball teams together during winter vacation.

“It was a big success,” said Troy Porter, the recreation program coordinator. “Through the years, it turned more into a regional tournament, so we get a lot of AA youth teams to come in and join us.”

Porter said players come from Oakland, Berkeley, Vallejo, Fairfield, San Francisco and other parts of the Bay Area. And, of course, there are plenty of teams representing Richmond.

“Richmond PAL will have four teams, usually the YMCA of Richmond will have a team and we still have community center teams representing Richmond recreation,” Porter said.

While there are separate boys and girls’ divisions, some co-ed teams are welcome.

There are a few team spots open for the 10-and-under division and for some of the girls’ divisions. The cost to enter is $200 per team. Call (510) 620-6793 to find out more about registration.

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