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Roll out the balls, and set the shot clocks; it’s time for Masters Basketball once again in South Florida. For the 23rd year, former college and professional players, as well as outstanding “Hoopsters” from all corners of the United States and Canada will take to the courts at the Coral Springs gymnasium for a week of very competitive Basketball Affectionately known as “May Madness”, the Masters will pit close to 50 teams, including for the first time, a Women’s Division. Games will be played at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, 2501 Coral Springs Drive as well as at Coral Glades High School and Coral Springs Christian Academy. The “Madness” will begin on Sunday May 13th with an evening Welcome Reception and Barbecue at the La Quinta Inn-North in Coral Springs, with featured speaker Wali Jones, currently a member of the Miami Heat’s front office, and a former member of the 1967 NBA World Champion Philadelphia 76ers. Games will then run the entire week, starting Monday, May 14, with Championship and Consolation Finals scheduled for Saturday, May 19. “We’re really looking forward to this year’s event, because for the first time we are adding a Women’s Division to the mix,” said Masters Board of Directors Chairman and Tournament Director Dave Hulett. Billed as the “Nation’s Premier Masters Basketball Tournament”, the event is made up of 7 Men’s Division’s ranging in age from 40 to 70 and the new Women’s Division ranging in age from 22 to 40. Recognizable names participating in this year’s tournament include Glen Rice and Rony Seikaly, formerly with the Miami Heat, Florida State All American Mitchell Wiggins and last year’s Most Valuable Player in the 40 and Over Division, Tim Hardaway, formerly with the Heat. Participating in the older age divisions will be former NBA stars, Leroy Ellis, Jim Barnett, Wali Jones and Bob Ferry, whose son Danny is the current General Manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Headlining the Women’s Division, will be a 4 time All American from the University of Kansas, Lynette Woodard and Coral Springs own Leatha Ingram. Ms Woodard played professionally for 17 years, was the first women to join the Harlem Globetrotters and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts in September of 2004. Ms. Ingram is a Coral Springs High graduate, was an All American at Northeast Louisiana State, leading her team to the Women’s Final Four in 1985. Ms Ingram also played professionally for 18 years. Other notable women players are Coral Springs high graduate Laine Selwyn who played at the University of Pittsburg and professionally in Israel; Toccara Williams who played at South Broward High School, Texas A&M and in the WNBA as well as Octavia Blue, who played at the University of Miami and professionally in the WNBA. Nova Southeastern University head women’s basketball coach Marilyn Rule, a member of the Masters Board of Directors, was instrumental in assembling a very competitive group of women’s teams. The tournament is free and open to the general public. For more information, visit the Masters Basketball National Championships website at or call 954-439-4395

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