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Birmingham Tip Off Club's Steel City Invitational

Mountain Brook High School to host the Birmingham Tip Off Club's "Steel City Invitational" 

Tournament to be played at Samford University's Pete Hanna Center


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Mountain Brook High School will host the first-ever Birmingham Tip Off Club "Steel City Invitational," December 19-21, 2013. The tournament will include many of the state's top high school basketball programs and will take place at Samford University's Pete Hanna Center. 


The Steel City Invitational will instantly become the state's premier high school basketball tournament, showcasing 16 of Alabama's best high school programs including eight state championship teams in the past four years. There are an estimated 20 future Division I student-athletes among the 16 participating teams. 


The 16 teams that will participate in the inaugural tournament include Mountain Brook, Wenonah, Gadsden City, Bob Jones, Hazel Green, Carver-Birmingham, Saint Jude, Woodlawn, Madison Academy, Hueytown, Homewood, Ramsay, Sparkman, Leeds, Hoover and Hewitt Trussville.


The organizers of the event, Birmingham Tip-Off Club's Chris Nix and Mountain Brook assistant coach Christian Schweers, envision the tournament providing a level of competition comparable to the state's Final 48 in March.


"With the most recent success of several Birmingham area schools, we saw a need for a premier basketball tournament to be hosted in our city," Nix said. "I'm convinced this tournament will help grow the sport of basketball in Alabama and promote the basketball talent our state has to offer. We are very excited about the future of this tournament and the future of basketball in the state of Alabama."


To ensure the event offers a high quality experience for players, coaches and fans, the Birmingham Tip Off Club has hired a professional sports management company, Knight Eady Sports Group, to coordinate the logistics involved in making the event a success. 


"Having a professional sports management company involved will help us legitimize this event and separate ourselves from other high school basketball tournaments in the state," Nix said.


The tournament will be played on the campus of Samford University at the Pete Hanna Center and Seibert Hall. Participating teams will play a minimum of three games and as many as four games in three days.


"A big part of the mission of the Birmingham Tip Off Club is to promote high school basketball in Alabama," Nix said. "The Steel City Invitational will give us a unique opportunity to showcase the incredible basketball talent our state has to offer."


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