The annual McDonald's Texas Invitational
Basketball Tournament gets bigger and better every year, and this
year is no exception as the tournament is going regional with the
help of the Pearland Area Chamber of Commerce, Pearland ISD and the
Pearland Convention and Visitors Bureau.
"We are very excited about working with all of
the folks in Pearland and know that the partnership will add greatly
to our tournament success," said tournament chairman Ben Meador. "We
see a long-term relationship developing here."
Pearland Convention and Visitors Bureau Vice
President of Tourism Bryan Roller joined the tournament's steering
committee recently, and he said the city is excited to be involved
in such a great tournament.
"The Pearland Chamber of Commerce, the
Convention and Visitors Bureau and Pearland ISD are all strong
supporters of working regionally for the betterment of our area,"
Roller said. "I think a strong alliance between our cities, our
chambers and our school districts will equate to success for all the
entities involved. It takes a lot of resources to pull off a
first-class tournament of this size, and by combining our talents
and efforts, we can really showcase our region."
tournament hosts the most talented 48-boys' teams and 32-girls'
teams from across the state and is sponsored in large part by
McDonald's, the City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Chamber of
Commerce. The tournament serves as the primary fundraiser for the
Pasadena ISD Education Foundation, which provides $100,000 in grants
every year to help fund innovative educational programs districtwide
that cannot be afforded through regular operating budgets. Last
year, the tournament made a record $100,000 donation to the
quality of talent in this region and from across the state makes
this one of the top tournaments in the nation," Roller said.
"Pearland will bring tremendous energy and a potential for growth to
the tournament. Our energy, resourcefulness and determination
combined with our commitment to showcase Pearland, will help us
achieve this goal."
Pearland's involvement in the tournament
started with the need of another facility to be used as a game site
since Pasadena High School's gym will be undergoing renovations at
the time of this year's tournament, which will be held Nov. 20-22.
Pearland ISD's Pearland High School will be a new site at this
"This will be good for the tournament because
Pearland ISD has a great facility," Meador said. "Their people are
very nice to work with and have always been great supporters of our
tournament. They will also be able to play a student game there as
well as have several pool games there."
In addition to providing additional facilities
for games during the tournament, Pearland will also be involved in
securing sponsors and selling advertisement space in the
tournament's program. With 50 percent of Pearland's secured income
going back to the city, Meador said he believes the positive trends
of the tournament's past five years will continue to grow for
Pasadena ISD's Education Foundation.
"All sponsorship funds and program advertising
funds raised from Pearland will be shared equally with the city, its
school district and the tournament," Meador said. "The addition of
the Pearland chamber and the people in that community just expands
our capabilities and will allow us to derive more funding and be in
a position to exceed the donation made to the foundation last year."
Pearland will also be responsible for securing
volunteers at the Pearland game site and for helping promote the
tournament and gain attendance at games at the Pearland site.
Roller said he believes the City of Pearland
and its school district will benefit tremendously from being a part
of this tournament because of the large economic impact special
events such as this one brings into the cities in which they are
"From the city's standpoint, I think the
continued efforts to bring first-class athletic events to Pearland
assists us in branding our city and our region as a destination for
sports or student-related events," he said. "Teams, parents and
friends travel to support those teams meaning new revenue is brought
into our community by way of hotel, gas, food and retail purchases.
It will also help our schools with fundraising through booster clubs
that run the concession stands at these various events."
Meador said some future goals of the
partnership include expanding the tournament to include more teams
and utilize more facilities in the Pearland area.
"With Bryan on board our steering committee, we
will be soliciting Pearland's ideas and opinions as we move forward
to explore all of our options," Meador said. "They are great people
to work with and we look forward to a longstanding and very
Meador said he thinks it's important for
organizations in surrounding cities to get involved in this event
and that he is looking forward to the success of this year's
tournament with Pearland's participation.
"This is not just a Pasadena event," Meador
said. "We have long had the opinion that anything that happens in
southeast Harris County is good for every city located here. The
success of this tournament has sent a clear message that says our
people are enthusiastic and energetic enough to stage a major
undertaking such as this event; our business community is very
generous; and those who work the event have the planning and
visionary capabilities to improve the event and make it better each
year. When we begin to think about what can be rather than just what
is, then we begin to see the possibilities."
For Pearland area businesses interested in
becoming a tournament sponsor, please contact Roller at
281-485-3534. For Pasadena area
businesses interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Rita
Townsend, tournament executive assistant, at 713-986-0527. Visit
www.texasinvitational.com for more information about the