Pasadena, Texas is home to the prestigious McDonald's Texas Invitational high school basketball tournament that features 48 boys' teams and 32 girls' teams and is one of the largest events of its kind in the country.
The Invitational draws teams such as the preseason number one team in the nation from Flower Mound Marcus. They are the defending Texas 5-A state champion and they return most of their team from last year. Former state champions who will play this year include Duncanville, North Crowley, Desoto, Cypress Fairbanks and Mansfield Summit.
All games this year will be played at the ten locations in Pasadena and Deer Park. Game times and locations can be found on the tournament web site at www.texasinvitational.com
The event is expected to draw between 40,000 and 45,000 fans over the three day period with the final game on Saturday, being televised nationally on Fox College Sports channel. This telecast should reach over 70 million subscribers on the Fox channels.
The leadership for the tournament is provided by a fifty member steering committee, many who are Rotarians. This group meets monthly throughout the year in order to be attentive to every detail that must be handled to produce a first class tournament. The business community is very support vein providing financial backing and each year contributes over $200,000. Approximately 400 volunteers from the community, schools and businesses contribute their time.
This community-wide event is more than just a high school basketball tournament, as it show cases the positive aspects of the city and school district, while benefiting the students of Pasadena and Deer Park.
Over the past eight years since the tournament began a total of one million dollars has been contributed to the Pasadena Education Foundation and over $80,000 has been given to the Deer Park ISD Education Foundation over the last two years.
Each year the tournament grows and this year should be no different as we expect record crowds as we highlight the good things about our community and help the students in our schools reach their full potential.