This past Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 26th & 27th), we held our 7th Annual Charity Basketball Tournament in Chicago at the Oak Brook Park District! We had 18 teams competing for the championship over two grueling days. Check out all game results on the tournament page here. Thanks to the support of all our sponsors, players, volunteers, spectators, and everyone else involved, we raised a record $32,000! 100% of this will be going towards our local and global projects.

Thanks to AVCS Chicago, our exclusive AV provider, we had live scorekeeping and they covered all our technology needs including electronic signage, presentations, and much more.

The two-day event was filled with competitive games, lots of great food, prizes, and even the #MannequinChallenge!  Lunches were provided by our amazing sponsors at I Dream of FalafelMr. Broast, and Rosati’s Pizza (Elk Grove).

Both men and women competed in a record breaking Free Throw Contest. For the first time, we had a total of 85+ participants. The winner on the women’s side won an Ulta gift basket and the winner on the men’s side received 100 level Chicago Bulls tickets courtesy of Al Bawadi Grill!

Team PYP walked away as our 2016 Feed the Need Champions. This was their 2nd Thaakat Championship and it was attained by their unmatched chemistry and teamwork. Our Champions and Runner-ups went home with trophies provided by our sponsors at Wing Zone (Glendale Heights), while our MVP was awarded gift cards courtesy of The Tailored Foundation.

In addition, this year’s winning team – PYP went home with Wing Zone (Glendale Heights) and I Dream of Falafel gift cards, Mastermind Escape Room tickets, and a $250 team dinner at Tandoor Char House. Our second place team, the Rucker Park Legends also took home Wing Zone (Glendale Heights) gift cards along with tickets to Laugh Factory.

Outside of the basketball courts, several supporters took part in our raffle and auction to win awesome items courtesy of all our amazing sponsors at:

Simply Beautiful Spa

No Escape

Lettuce Entertain You

Enayah’s

IDOF

WingZone

Vault Escape

Zanies Comedy Club

Chicago Bears

Cup of Tea Photography

KINGS Bowling

The Tailored Foundation

Al Bawadi Grill

Valdes Supply LLC

We want to thank each and every person who made this event possible for us. Thank you for believing in us. Your support goes beyond the courts impacting thousands at our project sites in Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Pakistan. Over the last seven years, the tournament has brought in over $150,000! Through this, we have been able to help our adopted communities grow. Thank you for your continued support as we work to progress these communities further.

MK Visions, our official tournament photographers spent the weekend with us capturing the event. Check out the pictures here:

Day 1

Day 2

Additional 2016 Tournament Sponsors:

Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Centers

A to Z Preschool

Atiya Khan Jewelry

BeyondChai

Central Clinical Labs

City Express Travel

Oak Brook Park District

Spider Electronics

Subeena Z

Sky High Real Estate

NJS Logistics

Airlift International

ZStar Network