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Ballin' in the Willow


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Building community through positive programs for our youth.

Ballin' 2012 has begun and after nine years we've expanded to have three tournaments each week. Every Wednesday you can find us on Macarthur Blvd, every Thursday we're in the Willow and for the first time every Friday we will be on the South Side. 


So you think you're a baller? Got handles or maybe a nice jumper? Think you've got what it takes to be named the Best In The West or Best on the Blvd. or even the King of the South?

Ballin' in the Willow (BITW) is a free, eight week, 3-on-3 basketball tournament that was created for the young people of the West Willow community. Every summer West Willow Park is the battleground as we search for "The Best In The West".
BITW was designed so that the individual, the team, the one time participant, or the full eight week participant could take part and still benefit equally. All you need to do is show up on Wednesday with a team of three and play until you lose twice. Each week is a tournament by itself, but in order to be the "Best In The West" you have got to be willing to compete throughout the entire summer.
Every time you win you earn one point. The more wins you have the more points you earn. At the end of the summer we take all of your points from the entire summer and add them up to see who comes out on top. You can have a different team each week but choose wisely. Because in order to win you've got to have a good team but in order to become the "Best In The West" you've got to be the person with the most points.


Watch us on channel 4 as the highlight the start of the 2011 season. See Video

Week 2 Winners!
5 and 0

Ballin' in the news
Ann Arbor News Article
Sunday, July 08, 2007
News Staff Reporter

In the West Willow neighborhood, no sign says it's summer like the one Derrick Jackson puts in front of West Willow Park on Tuesday mornings.
 The white sign, which reads: "Ballin' in the Willow tonight,'' attracts legions of players from this basketball-crazy community for a weekly 3-on-3 tournament that gives every child in the neighborhood a chance for bragging rights. Read more

Read the entire article by Seth at  

For More Information Contact Director Jackson at 

Ballin' is a service provided by The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the New West Willow Neighborhood Association, Sycamore Meadows Apt., and Danbury Park Manor.