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Midwest Sports Academy to host basketball tourney

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  • Midwest Sports Academy is planning its first "Who's Got Next" 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, set for July 18-19.

      Midwest Sports Academy is planning its first "Who's Got Next" 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, set for July 18-19.
    Courtesy of Midwest Sports Academy

Jeff Smith
Midwest Sports Academy

Midwest Sports Academy invites teams of all ages and skill levels to participate in the first "Who's Got Next" 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.

This family-friendly event will hit the courts of Lions Park in East Dundee Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19.

Proceeds from "Who's Got Next" will help defray the medical costs incurred by the family of Ella Joy Sun Young May May Won. Ella Joy is a 4-year-old girl from Chicago who is fighting for her life against stage 4 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer.

Money raised will also enable Midwest Sports Academy to support more underprivileged children and youth through its educational services and athletic programs.

"Who's Got Next" is a family-oriented festival of basketball, sportsmanship and fun for all ages, celebrating the tradition of half-court pickup basketball games. The tournament will feature a variety of divisions grouped by age, gender and skill level, ranging from youth boys and girls divisions to a senior men's division.

Trophies will be awarded for the winning teams in each division. The tournament will employ a pool-play format, and every team is guaranteed three games, win or lose. Friday's festivities include free-throw and three-point shooting competitions, as well as a dunk contest.

The registration fee is $136 for teams of three or four players and is due by July 12. Teams can register online at and learn more details at

Midwest Sports Academy is a nonprofit organization helping disadvantaged children and youth develop core values, college readiness and athletic skills through educational and sports programs. The academy serves young people throughout the Northwest and Western suburbs, as well as DeKalb County and the Rockford area.

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