Ball Up is giving local basketball players throughout the Birmingham area the chance to go pro during the 2014 Ball Up Summer Tour. Players are invited to bring out their best skills as they compete for a contract worth $100,000 and a spot on the Ball Up All-Star roster, awarded at the conclusion of the tour. While cheering on the local basketball players as they go head to head against the Ball Up All-Stars at 6:00 p.m. on July 26 at Lawson State Community College (Arthur Shore Fine Arts Building – 3060 Wilson Road SW, Birmingham, AL), families can take in the excitement including guest NBA all-star coaches, musical entertainment, and special guest appearances.
Local untapped streetball talent throughout the Birmingham area can take their shot and come out to Elyton Park (97 Princeton Ave. SW, Birmingham, AL) at 11:00 a.m. on July 26 to participate in the open run tryouts for the opportunity to compete against the very best in streetball. Ten players will be selected to represent Birmingham in a competition against the Ball Up team in a thrilling, heart-pounding display of talent and skill. The Ball Up All-Stars have yet to lose in the four year history of the summer tour. Throughout the tour, two MVPs from each city will be invited to participate in a two-day combine camp in which 10 finalists will be selected to play against the Ball Up All-Stars in a championship game in Las Vegas. At the end of the championship game one MVP will win a multi-year contract and become a Ball Up All-Star.
“This year, we anticipate some of the toughest competition that Ball Up has faced, especially with a stop in Birmingham,” said Demetrius Spencer, CEO of Ball Up. “The level of skill and talent we find each year grows exponentially and we always look forward to discovering new talent on the court.”
The 2014 Ball Up All-Stars roster includes: The Professor, AO, Baby Shaq, Air Up There, Bone Collector, Special FX, Springs, Sik Wit It, Violator, G Smith, Mr. Afrika and the newest member to the team “Too Easy” from Maryland. NBA players, past and present that have participated in previous Ball Up events include: Derek Fisher, Julius “Dr. J.” Erving, Allen Iverson, Dennis Rodman, Tracy McGrady, Matt Barnes, Rick Fox, DeMar Derozan, Rafer “Skip To My Lou” Alston and Eric Bledsoe to name a few.
The Ball Up Summer tour offers family entertainment and an opportunity for local basketball players to become professional athletes. Ball Up travels to major U.S. cities including Los Angeles, Louisville, Indianapolis, Atlanta, New York, Birmingham, Chicago, Baltimore, St. Louis, and Las Vegas. Their live events and open run tryouts will be filmed for the top rated television series, "Ball Up: Search for the Next" airing this Fall on Fox Sports.
To pre-register for the open run tryouts, tickets, or tour information please visit, www.BallUp.com.
About Ball Up, LLC: Founded in 2009, Ball Up is the leading streetball tour in the nation, featuring the Ball Up All-Stars, which includes many of the most celebrated and talented streetball players from across 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.