Bibles and Basketball will host a pretournament event to raise money to support amputees ahead of the annual Tampa Bay Christmas Invitational Basketball Tournament. On Tuesday, December 27 from 5-7 p.m., Bibles and Basketball will host the event for athletes that may have disabilities.
The invitational tournament will be held from Wednesday through Saturday, December 28-31 at the Wiregrass Ranch Sports Campus of Pasco County, located at 3021 Space Coast Wy. in Wesley Chapel, and over 180 teams will participate from around the country. The tournament is the largest Christmas high school invitational tournament in the country and has continued to grow since its first tournament in 2015.
“I believe that we can win youth and adults over to our Lord via sports and via business,” said Bibles and Basketball founder and coach Ed Treimanis.
Former Harlem Globetrotter Larry ‘Shorty’ Coleman will attend to help raise money for Helping Hands Ministry and 50 Legs. The money raised for Helping Hands Ministry will be donated to Hoops 4 Shorty to help support the legendary Globetrotter, who had his leg amputated almost two years ago. The rest of the money will go to 50 Legs, which gives prosthetic arms and legs to child amputees.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals and businesses to support the basketball tournament. For donations of $500 or greater, businesses and individuals can have their logos or names printed on the back of the tournament T-shirts. For $100, companies will be featured on the basketball tournament’s website.
Tickets to watch the tournament will be available as well, but those who are disabled or families of the disabled individual will be let in without charge.
“There [were not] that many gyms and there [were not] that many basketball camps in the Greater Brandon area,” said Treimanis about why he started Bibles and Basketball.
The program includes time at the beginning of each session for Bible study before engaging in fellowship among athletes.