Pasadena, Texas, is home to the prestigious McDonald's Texas Invitational High School Basketball Tournament. This event 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 2014 5A Boys State Champs, Lancaster and 6A Girls State Champs, Cypress Woods. Other former state champions who will play this year include Duncanville, North Crowley, Cypress Fairbanks, Manvel, and Mansfield Summit.
All games this year will be played at ten locations in Pasadena and Deer Park. Game times and locations can be found on the tournament website at www.texasinvitational.com. The event is expected to draw between 40,000 and 45,000 fans over the three-day period with the championship games for both boys and girls on Saturday live streamed on Fox Sports Southwest and on their app FSGO. These games will also be replayed on Time Warner cable in all Texas markets.
The leadership for the tournament is provided by a fifty-member steering committee, composed of leaders from the business community, education and government. 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 a 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 showcases the positive aspects of the city and school district, while benefiting the students of Pasadena and Deer Park. Over the past twelve years since the tournament began over $1,500,000 dollars has been contributed to the Pasadena ISD Education Foundation and over $195,000 has been given to the Deer Park ISD Education Foundation over the last four years.
Each year the tournament grows and this year should be no different as we expect record crowds while highlighting the good things about our community, and assisting the students in our schools reach their full potential.