The third and final day of Whataburger’s 60th Anniversary Basketball Tournament wrapped up Saturday, Dec. 30. Teams from all over the state of Texas, as well as an out-of-state team from Arkansas, competed in the historic holiday weekend tournament.
Though there was fantastic gameplay all around, only three teams — one from each division — could go home as winners.
In the Boys Orange Division, Mansfield Timberview High School claimed the championship title, defeating Waxahachie to win the first-place trophy. Center High School secured the Boys Blue Division with their skillful play, and Tuscola Jim Ned High School brought home the tournament’s Girls Blue Division first-place trophy.
Through the tournament, opportunities are provided for athletes from 48 different schools to compete outside of their standard districts, and $1,000 is awarded to each winning team’s school to help further students’ education in the classroom.
The experience doesn’t stop with opportunities for players – fans also had the chance to compete in the Pop-A-Shot contest for a cause, where Whataburger donated $1 to the Boys and Girls Club basketball programs for each shot made. Whataburger also gave $1 for every social media share.
Additionally, the prestigious tournament attracts college scouts and coaches, allowing athletes to showcase their talents on a larger stage. As a testament to the high-powered competition that took place this weekend, 11 hardworking student-athletes across the three divisions have committed to play Division-I basketball at universities including Georgetown, Georgia Tech, and Oklahoma.
“We love being a part of the Whataburger Basketball Tournament each year, because we get a unique chance to serve athletes, coaches and their families,” said Whataburger Director of Operations Scott Phillips. “We’re always amazed by the athletes’ determination, impressed by the support of the fans and excited to hear about the memories made at the tournament. We hope each player leaves with an amazing experience.”
60 years ago, the Whataburger Basketball Tournament began as a small fundraiser sponsored by the Fort Worth West Side Lions Club between just eight schools. Over the years, the tournament has grown to host more than 600 student-athletes each year, spawning notable NBA players.
More than 30,000 fans and spectators made the trip to the Fort Worth area for the tournament, which has been named one of the top five holiday competitions by Sports Illustrated and USA Today.