AAU National Tournament underway in Rockford for the first time


The hoops activity at the UW-Health Sports Factory in Rockford didn’t end with Fred VanVleet’s summer camp Sunday. The AAU girls’ sixth grade national tournament opened up there Monday morning.

60 teams from coast-to-coast are in the field. Four local teams from the Rockford Wildcats and South Beloit are also competing. This is the first time that Rockford or any Illinois city has hosted an AAU national tournament for either girls or boys at any age level.

“The face that we’re the first one in Rockford at this facility is really cool!,” says tournament director Jason Schwebke who is also the director of the local Wildcats. “We’re really excited to be a part of it and to be the host. We’ve got 60 teams from 20 different states represented. As far west at Washington. As far east at New York, Massachusetts, Virginia.”

All of the teams are guaranteed of playing through Thursday. The championship games will be played on Friday. There are two divisions of teams competing.

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