Lakota Elementary to host March Madness event

Matt Miller - email

Lakota Elementary School to host their own version of "March Madness with a charity basketball tournament. According to school officials 158 teams of both girls and boys from grades three through sixth will hit the court later this month. With an average of eight kids per team, they will put almost 1300 kids on the basketball courts for what they are calling the largest tournament ever.

The tournament will tip-off Monday, March 14th and end with the finals on Friday, March 25th. The brackets should be posted online at by Thursday afternoon.

Lakota School officials say over 1,200 kids will participate in this event representing their elementary school. Every elementary school in the district will be represented. Many of these kids do not get a chance to compete at the school level. The school says this is a chance to let them compete and to show some school spirit.

The event is also looking for over 120 adults to come forward to help sell tickets, sell concessions and coach. If you would like to help please contact Scott Koenig at or at 513-779-9647.

Both Lakota East and West, girls and boys, high school basketball players will be refereeing this year's games. Many of these kids have played in the tournament during their elementary days. Last year the tournament donated over $6,000 to charities in the local area. This year they hope to increase that donation. There is a $1 admission price to the games for adults, kids are free. Concessions are sold at each game with all proceeds also going to the charities.

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