The Florida A&M intramurals program has begun its month-long basketball tournament.
The tournament will include six regular-season games in a playoff system and the championship game.
Natasha Kazan, the Assistant Intramurals Coordinator, said she was excited about the opportunities that the basketball league presented for the students at FAMU.
“This really will be a big tournament and I’m just happy that another cliché sport kicks off at our HBCU,” said Kazan.
The tournament league consists of 32 teams in a four-division field. The Ammons division was named after the current President of FAMU, James H. Ammons.
The Robert Carrol Jr. and Kirby divisions represent 16 of the teams. The Tookes Division represents the center where the league games will be played, the Hansel E. Tookes Recreation center.
Amongst the participants are several Greek, but the competition in the tournament will go beyond those organizations.
Adam Perry, 22, a senior from Hollywood, Fla., said although other teams may have experience, talent would eventually prove to be the deciding factor.
“I got a new team but nobody can beat me playing basketball, and my team is going to take the whole tournament,” Perry said.
The court used will be located in phase two of the Tookes Recreation Center. Because of the new location, the tournament has sparked interest throughout the university.
“It’s exciting because somebody gets a chance to christen our new spot,” Green added.
The tournament games will be played in the Gaither gymnasium and the new courts in the Tookes Center.
“This should be the best tournament we had all year because it’s definitely the largest,” Kazan said.