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Wellington March Madness Tournament Comes to Palm Beach County March 7-8

Wellington March Madness

The Wellington March Madness Tournament is set to begin March 7th in Wellington Village Park, once again bringing the prestigious tournament to Palm Beach County. The tournament features 120 youth basketball teams, 5,000+ spectators, 20 courts in 18 locations within a 5-mile radius and has won the platinum award for the best ran tournament in the state of Florida for the past four years.

This year, the tournament will support In Jacob’s Shoes, a non-profit children’s shoe charity that provides new and gently used shoes, athletic gear, backpacks and school supplies to local children in need. The organization hopes to garner more than 2,500+ shoe donations during the tournament’s March 7 kickoff. The competing teams are encouraged to bring their used shoes to get a chance to win brand new custom basketball uniforms, donated by Allen Sportswear.

“I’m really excited about getting all the teams from all over Florida and to come and play some great basketball, but also to work together to be able to donate 2,500 shoes to our youth athletes in need,” said Chris Fratalia, President of Wellington Wolves Travel Basketball Organization.

The Wellington March Madness tournament has attracted teams and notable players such as D1 athlete Trent Frazier, Bronny James of the Miami Ballers, New York Knicks starter Kevin Knox, and kids of former NBA superstars. Each year, this tournament brings together coaches and parent volunteers.

The impressive line-up for the tournament includes Miami Heat Dancers and mascot Burnie, competitive teams such as the Florida Nets, St. Cloud Kings and Skills Center Elite, as well as local ESPN coverage.

“Once again, we expect a large showing and even more excitement on the court with talented players and enthusiastic fans,” said Fratalia. “The event is about growing as competitive teams and as members of the community.”

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of March Madness, the winning teams will receive championship hoodies, donated by Allen Sportswear, a large supporter of the community and youth athletic teams.

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