BASKETBALLERS from around the state will descend on the Mornington Peninsula in November to compete in the Southern Peninsula Tournament.
It has been estimated that the expected 25,000 visitors will also provide a $4 million boost to the economy.
Held over 11 and 12 November and hosted by the Southern Peninsula Basketball Association, the tournament has been running for 35 years and is a highlight of the state’s basketball sporting calendar.
SPBA general manager Ben White said the tournament would see the 600 competing teams use 47 courts at 18 venues.
The tournament involves 250 volunteers and is being held after months of behind-the-scenes planning and preparation.
The tournament’s charity partner is the Lighthouse Foundation, which offers support to children and young people at risk of homelessness, including on the Mornington Peninsula.
White said the tournament had teamed up with Mornington Peninsula Shire for the next three years as major sponsor.
“This event will have the best teams and athletes in Victoria competing as well as regional level teams,” he said.
“We focus on community inclusivity – it’s an event for everyone, catering to players, referees, scorers, volunteers across diverse ages, backgrounds, and abilities.”