LOS ANGELES, June 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Up, the leading streetball brand in the world and home to some of the most talented athletes to play the game, has announced the 2015 "Search For The Next" summer tour schedule and competition, set to kick off June 20th in Los Angeles.
In its fifth season, the national streetball tour will bring Ball Up's All-Stars, including streetball legends: The Professor, Bone Collector, AO, Sik Wit It, and Air Up There, to name a few, across the country to compete against the best undiscovered talent the nation has to offer. Local challengers from each city will be given the opportunity to compete against the Ball Up All-Stars, and the tour's winner will earn a spot on the Ball Up roster and a professional contract worth $100,000.
An open run tryout will take place on game day in each city, with 10 players being selected and coached by a guest NBA athlete who will prepare them to compete against the Ball Up All-Stars later that evening in front of a max-capacity crowd. Two MVPs from each city will then be invited to participate in a rigorous two-day combine camp in which 10 finalists will be selected to play against the Ball Up All-Stars in a championship game taking place in Ball Up's hometown of Los Angeles. The finalist will ultimately be selected by the Ball Up judges, including a guest NBA judge. Past and present NBA players that have participated in previous "Ball Up: Search for the Next" seasons include James Harden, Joakim Noah, Kyle Lowry, Derek Fisher, Gilbert Arenas, Julius "Dr. J." Erving, and Dennis Rodman.
"We're very excited to kick off Ball Up's fifth summer tour," said CEO Demetrius Spencer. "Ball Up is once again giving players across the country the opportunity to compete on a national scale, with the chance to secure a professional contract. This is the fourth life-changing contract we'll be awarding to a player chasing the basketball dream. We encourage basketball fans in each tour city to come out and show support for the local players, while enjoying basketball in its purest form."
Each tour event is filmed and later broadcast as part of the popular "Ball Up: Search For The Next" TV series on Fox Sports. Complete tour details, open run tryout and ticket information is available at www.BallUp.com.
BALL UP SEARCH FOR THE NEXT TOUR LIVE EVENTS SCHEDULE:
June 20th – Los Angeles, CA – Walter Pyramid Arena
June 27th – Omaha, NE – Ralston Arena
June 28th – Kansas City, MO – Independence Events Center
July 5th – Houston, TX – Hofheinz Pavilion
July 11th – Chicago, IL – Jones Convocation Center
July 12th – Indianapolis, IN – Fairgrounds Coliseum
July 19th – Miami, FL – Bank United Center
July 25th – Atlanta, GA – McCamish Pavilion
July 26th – Birmingham, AL – Bill Harris Arena
July 28th – July 29th – Combine held in Los Angeles, CA
August 1st – Los Angeles, CA – Stubhub Center – Championship Game
About Ball Up, LLC
Ball Up is the premier sports and lifestyle brand dedicated to capturing and delivering the essence of streetball. Its mission is to provide an opportunity for the sport's incredible athletes and fans to share their passion with the world. Founded in 2009, Ball Up has been strategically grown by professionalizing the sport and leveraging the lifestyle of streetball to create a global movement. In addition to the top rated competition reality series Ball Up: Search for the Next on FOX Sports, the brand continues to build upon different verticals in the sport and is producing the first Ball Up Million Dollar Summer Challenge, a national, basketball summer competition featuring the top players and teams in the country competing for national bragging rights and a life changing prize.
SOURCE Ball Up, LLC