Panama City, FL---Wednesday marks the start of the Gulf Beach Challenge, a basketball showcase for youngsters who have collegiate aspirations. It's an event put on by a company called Source Hoops.
The Challenge has brought in more than 50 teams, in four age groups, from 14U to 17U, from five different states.
The event, which starts Wednesday night, will be played at the gyms at Gulf Coast, Rutherford and Arnold, brings in scores of college coaches, to watch scores of young men with one main goal.
"They are all vying for college scholarships." says Gulf Beach Challenge Tournament Director Cory Rollins. "It's a very important time for them. They only get a certain amount of time in July where coaches can come out and take a look at them. So it's an exciting time for them, as well as a very important time for them, the players. And then for the college coaches it's a very important time for them because they won't be able to see the guys for a couple of months, on their high school campuses."
Mosley has a couple of teams entered, some Rutherford and Arnold kids playing together on other teams. Three games at Gulf Coast kicking off the tournament Wednesday night. Then the other gyms in action the rest of the week. The public is welcome, though there is an entry charge.
For more information, a list of teams participating, and a tournament schedule, check out sourcehoops.com/gulf-beach-challenge/