CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Every year, between 40 and 45 men’s masters basketball teams from around the country head to Coral Springs to play in an annual national championship tournament called, “May Madness.”
Like so many other community events and activities, tournament officials shelved this year’s tournament on Saturday night, citing the threat of the coronavirus. Most of the players range in age from 40 to their late 80s, so the decision was a difficult one for tournament organizers, but they believed they had to think safety first.
Masters Basketball Association – Coral Springs, the governing body, held a teleconference late Friday afternoon with the Board. Jordan Klemow said he wrote the cancellation notice on behalf of the National Board of Directors.
“Each year, we look forward to connecting with our basketball community at the national Masters Basketball championships for what we have all come to affectionately call May madness,” Klemow wrote. “It’s our chance to join with old friends and meet new ones as we share our love and passion for the sport that has been a constant throughout our lives. But given the growing concerns around Covid-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 National Masters Basketball Tournament slated for May 4-9, 2020 in Coral Springs, Florida.
“This decision was difficult – this week of camaraderie, competition, and friendship and is now in its 36 year with players who have been involved for decades,” he continued. “We have grown together and grown closer together too. It’s one of those events in our lives that we look forward to every year with the excitement and anticipation of seeing so many basketball enthusiasts from age 40s to 80s meet in Coral Springs for those precious few days together. We have heard from many of you and have been closely following the developments around this emerging health concern, planning our response based on CDC guidelines and in consideration of the widespread cancellations nationwide in the past few days.”
All payments will be fully refunded 100% as requested. For more information visit the website at www.MastersBasketball.net. An online form for refunds should be up no later than Tuesday. Next year’s tournament is set for May 3-8, 2021.