GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Day two of the TIMCO Invitational is under way, and players from across Guilford County are squaring off for the coveted title.
But, this tournament is much bigger than the eight schools participating each year. The invitational has a storied history here in the Triad.
Thirty-eight years ago, the Greensboro Sports Council had an idea. It wanted to bring together communities in Greensboro with one goal in mind: to share the city's love for basketball. Today, the tournament is going strong, and it's legacy stretches across generations and communities.
"It brings the entire community together," said Lem Cox of the Greensboro Sports Council. "It's sort of a uniting effect on the people of Guilford County."
Not only does the tournament unite communities, it brings generations closer.
"I played in the tournament in '94-'95," said Michael Bolton, a former player at Smith High School. "And, now my baby sister plays in the tournament."
Bolton and many others come back each year to support the tournament and players. And, many people from many backgrounds have some sort of connection to the annual invitational.
"I remember playing back then," said Desmond Gatson, member of Dudley High Schools class of '78 and hall of fame member of the first team to win the annual invitational. "We had guys that were going just crazy. 'We're playing in the Coliseum, we're playing in the Coliseum,' but it was an honor to play and even a bigger honor to win the first one."
As generations of basketball players continue to pass along the legacy of the TIMCO Invitational, the love of the sport lives on in Greensboro.
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