Mannheim co-hosting International Albert-Schweitzer Youth Basketball Tournament
MANNHEIM, Germany - Travis Releford, middle, fights for a rebound against Spain players during the 2008 Albert Schweitzer Basketball Tournament. This year's competition marks the 25th anniversary of the international event.

MANNHEIM, Germany - The Mannheim U.S. military community is gearing up to co-host the International Albert-Schweitzer Youth Basketball tournament scheduled for April 3 -10.

This marks the 25th edition of this renowned tournament, labeled the unofficial World championships of junior basketball players of the under-18 age group.

Represented this year will be the teams from four continents such as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Croatia, France, Germany with two teams (U-17 and U-18), Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, NewZealand, Spain and Turkey.

There will also be one All-Star U.S. team consisting of students from various stateside and two Department of Defense Dependent School-Europe high schools.

Past players include Ervin "Magic" Johnson, Baron Davis, Tim Duncan, Vince Carter, Jermaine O'Neal, Glen Rice, Carlos Boozer, and Dirk Nowitzki, just to name a few.

The U.S. team will play at the Benjamin Franklin Village Sports Arena, Bldg. 736.

For the preliminary round and cross-over round, the four pools of four each teams will play at the BFV Sports Arena and the MWS-Halle near Herzogenriedpark in Mannheim's Neckarstadt.

Darren "Mats" Matsubara, general manager of Elite Basketball Organization is in the process of picking players to represent the United States in the 2010 tournament.

The known members on the U.S. team to date are the two DoDDS-Europe selectees: Jamal Tuck, Aviano High School, and Dillon Wadsack, Ramstein High School.

The U.S. head coach is Larry Krystkowiak, former NBA player and former head coach of
the Milwaukee Bucks.

The 15 participating nations have been placed in the following pools:

Group A: China, Italy, New Zealand, Germany (U-17);

Group B: Brazil, Japan, Turkey, (U-18)

Group C: Argentina, Croatia, France, United States

Group D: Spain, Israel, Greece, Australia

Day-tickets for the Schweitzer are on sale for ID Card Holders at the
Rhein-Neckar offices of USO. For scheduling and ticket information, call DSN 385-3668/3195
or Civ. (0621) 730-3668/3195.

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