HOLLYWOOD — Basketball and beaches are expected to draw hundreds of players to Hollywood for the annual Native American Sports Association (NASA) basketball tournament.
The tournament for ages 18 and up from Tribes in the Southeast and Northeast runs Jan. 15-16.
Joe Collins, Hollywood Recreation site manager, said the nearby beaches are “a big draw” in the middle of the winter for the visiting players from colder climates.
“We definitely expect 30-plus (teams),” he said.
Collins and Salina Dorgan, tribalwide recreation project coordinator, are organizing the tournament that will feature Seminoles and Miccosukees from Florida, Poarch Creeks from Alabama, Choctaws from Mississippi, Senecas from New York and Cherokees from North Carolina.
When the Seminole Tribe last hosted the tournament in 2013, nearly 30 teams filled what is now known as the Classic Gym on the Hollywood Reservation and the David Posnack Jewish Community Center’s gym in Davie. Since then, the Tribe has erected the Howard Tiger Recreation Center whose gym will host a majority of the games along with Classic Gym.
Collins said depending on the number of registered teams, an off-reservation site might be needed.
Teams will vie for championships in men’s and women’s brackets and the legends divisions for ages 40 and older.