Ball Up returned this Saturday in Kansas City to kick off their 2013 tour. Everyone showed out but it was 2012 Ball Up contract winner G-Smith who stole the show as Ball Up went on to win by 25 points.
Continuing to take the world of streetball by storm, Ball Up announced its 2013 nationwide basketball tour today, which will travel throughout the country this summer. Traveling from Los Angeles to New York, the team will kick off an exciting series of action-packed games on June 22, in Kansas City, MO and will wrap up with a championship game in conjunction with TD Jake’s Megafest festival in Dallas, TX on August 31.
Ball Up’s innovative spin on the game of streetball has redefined the sport by bringing some of the top, untapped talent to basketball courts across the world along with big name stars that have graced the NBA hardwood as well. This year’s impressive roster includes, The Professor, AO, Baby Shaq, Air Up There, Bone Collector, Pat the Roc, Special FX, Springs, Sik Wit It, Violator and G. Smith. Rafer “Skip to My Lou” Alston and Sebastian Telfair will both serve as judges for the open run tryouts in each city. Guest coaches of the opposing teams in each city will be announced as the tour progresses and includes Hall of Fame NBA players and basketball legends. Special contests during each game will also give select lucky fans the opportunity to meet the guest coaches in each region.
As the tour makes its way across the country, Ball Up will be on the quest for a new breed of performer in the annual “Search for the Next” competition, where one lucky player will gain a coveted spot on the roster. “We’re excited about the tour this summer and are very proud to be in our third year,” said Ball Up CEO, Demetrius Spencer. “We have some great surprises lined up for fans and of course, the team is ready to take on the competition each city has to offer.”
In addition to some of the most show-stopping streetball in the world, the highly anticipated games will also feature special guest appearances, musical performances, family entertainment and more. Additionally, taking viewers nationwide behind the scenes on and off the court of the toughest streetball team around, the tour will be filmed for top rated television series, “Ball Up Search for the Next” airing fall on Fox Sports 1. Past and present sponsors of the Ball Up tour include, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Wilson, Marines, SkullCandy, Toyota and Under Armour.
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Founded in 2009, Ball Up is the leading streetball tour in the nation, featuring the Ball Up All-Stars which include many of the most celebrated and talented streetball players from around the country. Through its debut of the 2011 Ball Up Season on Fox Sports Net nationwide and tours that span the globe, Ball Up provides the ultimate streetball experience for both fans courtside and viewers at home.
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