MADISON, WISCONSIN – HERE WE COME

NACBA basketball will make its first visit to Madison, Wisconsin for the 37th Annual Chinese Invitational Basketball Tournament on Memorial Day weekend,
May 26-29, 2017. 

Madison is surrounded by two beautiful lakes – Mendota and Monona; and is a city ready to WELCOME YOU to a weekend (or week) full of fun and hoops.

Start at the lake by renting a kayak, canoe or paddle board.  Or just cast your line and catch a bass, northern pike, sturgeon, walleye and many others species.  If relaxation and a little sun is what you’re looking for then just head to one of the many beaches (no less than 12 of them).  For those that want to explore Madison, FREE activities are abundant.  Stroll through Olbrich Botanical Gardens which features a Thai Pavillion-the only one in North America.  Or head to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum.  Walk down State Street (closed off to motor vehicles) on your way to the campus of the University of Wisconsin and you’ll have your choice of shops, galleries, food carts, cafes, bars, and restaurants (over 200) that will energize everyone.  There’s more!!  Madison is chock full of arts/culture activities and these are free to: Chazen Museum of Art and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA).  If you’re bringing the kids, the Henry Vilas Zoo is also free.  Tours of the Wisconsin State Capitol, a national historic landmark is also free.  You’ll also want to make a stop at the Memorial Union Terrace, Madison’s favorite landmark.  The amazing view is complimented by the food, live music, and open art studios make this a crowd favorite.  The weekend highlight also includes the Worlds Largest Bratfest (www.bratfest.com). Brats, Beer and Music – you can’t find that in Chinatown.    

BASKETBALL will still be the focal point of the weekend and we are excited to announce that games will be played on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday/Sunday (8 courts) culminating with Championship Monday at Madison College. 

We look forward to seeing all of you in Madison, Wisconsin – ITS BIG 10 FUN!!!

Denny & Harry
Co-chairs

Lakefront at the Memorial Union Terrace

Walking down State Street

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37th NACBA Invitational Tournament
Madison, Wisconsin

May 26-29, 2017

CANTON UNITED RETURNS

Two years ago in Montreal, Canton United made its NACBA debut in the Masters 50+ division and advanced to the semifinals. They make their return this year and look forward to going further in Madison, Wisconsin. Led by numerous players who represented their provinces/cities/states, these senior ballers from CANTON, CHINA certainly have a passion for the game. WELCOME BACK.

VANCOUVER STRATHCONA & OTHERS LOOKING TO REPEAT

Numerous teams will be looking to defend their 2016 championships and repeat as Champions in their respected divisions.  In the highly competitive Men’s Open division, the Vancouver Strathcona is the front runner to Repeat.  But teams from Toronto and Boston hope to spoil their fun.  Also returning to play after a two year hiatus is the California Davis Dynasty team.  They are sure to make some noise as evident by their final 4 appearance in 2013.  Yet another team that may surprise everyone is the Calgary Cash.  The name is new but many of the players on this team were members of the Vancouver Cash or Boiling Point teams. 

Other teams looking to repeat are as follows: Toronto CCYAA – senior 40+ division; East Coast Elite – Masters 50+ division; Lunar NYC – Friendship; New York Young Life Rockits – Boys 18u and the New York Titans – Boys 15u.

It’s going to be BIG 10 FUN