After 21 years the annual Leon Brogden Holiday High School Basketball Tournament needs a boost as the event is in search of a title sponsor to keep the three-day showcase inside UNCW’s Trask Coliseum.
According to an email sent to coaches and athletic directors this week by Leon Brogden Tournament President Tony Stroud, without a major sponsor and improved fundraising efforts the tournament will go into debt after paying this year’s expenses.
Stroud has proposed three options–keep the tournament as is with a title sponsor, move the tournament to the area high schools or completely terminate the event to allow local teams to do what they want during the holiday break.
According to Stroud’s email, the tournament committee has reached a point where a decision is necessary concerning the future of event. For the last two years, they have been unable to secure a title sponsor for the tournament.
While ticket sales have been between $15,000 and $20,000 each year, the tournament has been held at UNCW, where tournament expenses are too costly without a title sponsor, according to Stroud’s email.
The committee will try to secure a $10,000 title sponsor by May 1 in order to continue the tournament as is. Athletic directors in New Hanover County have been asked to respond by April 8 to move forward appropriately.