Give Eddie Ford the assist for AAU championships
He's not someone you would recognize, unless you're a high school or college basketball coach. But make no mistake about it, Eddie Ford is one of the biggest reasons teams and players from around the country have converged on Louisville this week for the AAU National Championships and Super Showcase. Or, as he likes to call it, a "buffet of basketball."
Ford owns and operates the Eddie Ford Kentucky HoopFest, the oldest boys basketball travel tournament in the United States. Just last week he ran the 34th installment of the event. He also promotes the Under Armour Girls Nationals.
The Kentucky State Fair Board, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Louisville Sports Commission have been looking to bring the AAU event here for a long time. Because of his relationship with AAU, Ford was able to help them get it done. The event houses 18 basketball courts (thanks to Ford), and household names from the coaching profession are in town to watch it. (Brett Borden | July 25, 2014) (Photo: Scott Utterback/The C-J)
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High school basketball's best in action at Hoopfest
Players to prove their college worth. Many prep boys from around the country are in Louisville this week to do just that. The Eddie Ford Kentucky Hoopfest has for over 3 decades, promoted some of the best rising high school talent.