Bank Forward Assistant Vice President Heidi Thole hands a sponsor check for $500 to Chris Duff for the inaugural Leech Lake Basketball Tournament.

The first 5-on-5 Leech Lake Basketball Tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School.

The double-elimination tourney is a fundraiser for the WHA  Boys’ Basketball Booster Club.

WHA and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduate Chris Duff started the tournament because he wanted to bring in talent from across the state. “I hope to show our youth as well as all community members high level athletes and very competitive basketball.”

Bank Forward has already come forward as a sponsor by donating $500. Other sponsors can help pay for referees, as all other expenses have been covered.

Several teams have already committed, but there are still spots open. The buy-in is $400 per team. First place receives 60 percent off the total buy-in, second 25 and third 15 percent.

Register by contacting cduff_25@yahoo.com or call or text (218) 766-7293.

Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for students.

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