The deadline is fast approaching to sign up for The BRICK’s inaugural Spring Basketball League at First Baptist Church of Brownwood.   

The three-on-three adult league for men and women began registration on Jan. 23 and will finish on Saturday, Feb. 25, with league play beginning on Feb. 28. Teams can be coed if they choose and must consist of at least three players, but no more than five.   

Cassidy Holloway is a second-year graduate student in Howard Payne University’s Sport and Wellness Leadership (SWELL) Program. Holloway designed the tournament last semester as part of her event-planning coursework. This semester it’s time for the real thing.   

Holloway said basketball is her “area of emphasis” as a former player and current volunteer for the HPU women’s team, which is what inspired her to go that direction with her project. Holloway has been working with First Baptist associate pastor Joe Franklin for months to prepare.   

The tournament will play inside The BRICK, a coffee shop, gym and lounge space for First Baptist youth. “It’s a really nice space,” Holloway said.   

Groups interested in fielding a team can register online at the First Baptist website, www.fbcbrownwood.org/resources/calendar. “It can be a little tricky,” Holloway said. “If you go to the date — I think it first shows up for the 28th of February, which is supposed to be the first day — you would click on the event, and there’s a little icon that says ‘event registration.’”   

Registration is $40 per team. In an email, Holloway said each team will play at least once a week on Tuesdays, with possible Thursday games depending on the number of entrants. The tournament will run through April 8, with no games from March 13 to 17 for HPU’s spring break.   

There will be a mandatory meeting on Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. to “finalize all team details and review league rules,” the email says. At least one representative from each team must attend.   

The BRICK tournament is the latest event from HPU’s SWELL program, overseen by kinesiology professor Dr. Graham Hatcher. Earlier this month the Brownwood Bulletin covered the Boys & Girls Club of Brown County’s World Cup tournament, another SWELL event organized by Stanley Roffe.   

Holloway said she is part of the first SWELL class, which will plan and organize events every two years from now on. She said the class will try to connect Howard Payne with the broader Brownwood community. “That’s the biggest thing,” she said, “is trying to bring awareness to not only the campus, but us being able to do stuff inside the community.”   

More information on The BRICK tournament is available via email at info@fbcbrownwood.org.