FORT WAYNE, Ind. - In 49 states, it's just basketball. But this is Indiana.

One of the top Midwest AAU basketball tournaments, the Gym Rats Memorial Day Run N Slam, returns to Spiece Fieldhouse and several local high school gyms this weekend in Fort Wayne.

From May 27-29, 228 teams and thousands of prep basketball players will compete in head-to-head competition. Tournament action tips-off on Friday morning at Spiece Fieldhouse.

The three-day tournament will bring in 8,500 players, coaches, parents and fans, and generate $2.1 million dollars in direct economic impact.

The month of May is a busy time for Gym Rats Basketball. In addition to the Memorial Day Run N Slam, the organization plays hosts to the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam All Star Classic, Hoopin N the Summit, Lady Gym Rats Invitational and GRBA State Championship.

For game times and tournament information, go to or contact Visit Fort Wayne President/CEO Dan O'Connell at (260) 424-3700.

Visit Fort Wayne, The Fort Wayne/Allen County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the nonprofit organization whose purpose is to expand Fort Wayne's economy by attracting convention and leisure visitors. Each year, millions of dollars from visitor spending generate increased commerce, sustained jobs and enhancement of Fort Wayne's image.


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