AUGUST 11 & 12, OAK BROOK, IL— Oak Brook Park District’s inaugural Build A Dream Basketball Skills Clinic and Tournament drew more than 300 local youth basketball players and raised more than $6,500 for the park district’s new Universal Playground.
Sponsored by Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, the event included a free basketball skill clinic hosted by Breakaway Basketball on Saturday, August 11. More than 200 players in grades 1-8 worked on dribbling, passing, and shooting skills. Breakaway did not charge a fee for the class, but encouraged participants to make voluntary contribution to the playground, resulting in more than $2,300 donated to the project.
On Sunday, Knights Basketball joined Breakaway and the park district to host the Build A Dream 3v3 Basketball Tournament. The tournament drew more than 100 players in grades 3-8 to the Family Recreation Center and participants had the opportunity to experience Wheelchair Basketball activities hosted by Synergy Adaptive Athletics between games. Tournament registration fees topped $3,100, which was donated directly to the Universal Playground Project.
“It really turned out to be a great way to celebrate diversity and inclusion,” said Mike Azzaretto, athletic and recreation manager for the Oak Brook Park District. According to Azzaretto, the Build a Dream Weekend materialized as park district staff was brainstorming ways to develop more active recreational opportunities for the preteen demographic. “The idea started with a 3v3 tournament, and blossomed into a partnership event with Breakaway and Knights,” he said.
The Build A Dream Weekend proved to be a natural extension of the standing relationship between the park district, Breakaway and Knights. Currently, the park district hosts Breakaway camps and clinics and the Family Recreation Center is the home of Knights Travel Basketball.
“Breakaway and Knights provide our residents access to different levels of play and the organizations really complement our recreational league,” says Azzaretto. “Our collaboration made sense and was the reason the Build A Dream event was a success.”
The park district plans to host the Build A Dream weekend again in 2019, with the proceeds supporting the Universal Playground and Universal Play opportunities at the Oak Brook Park District.
A a public celebration of the grand opening of the Oak Brook Park District’s $1 million Universal Playground is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5 from 2:30-5pm.
Winner of the National Gold Medal, an Illinois Distinguished Agency, and nationally certified by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA), the Oak Brook Park District provides the very best in park and recreational opportunities, facilities, and open lands for our community. www.obparks.org