Run 4 the Roses ready for record tournament

LOUISVILLE, Ky. The nation’s largest youth basketball tournament takes over the Kentucky Exposition Center from Tuesday, July 5 through Friday, July 8 when Run 4 the Roses returns to Louisville. This year’s tournament is breaking attendance records, with more than 1,500 teams playing on 84 courts, officially marking this year’s Run 4 the Roses as the biggest youth basketball tournament in history.

Originally established in 2009 with just 29 teams, the tournament has seen 13 years of growth. Run 4 the Roses allows young athletes, this year’s tournament represents 47 states and 5 countries, to compete in front of more than 1,200 college coaches.

The event is a huge boon to the local economy, generating over $17.72 million in estimated economic benefits each year.

“Our exhibit halls provide unparalleled space for full-size courts, which is why the Kentucky Exposition Center is known as the premier venue for youth sporting events. In other locations, teams are forced to navigate between different venues scattered around the city, but in Louisville and the Kentucky Exposition Center, we can host a record-breaking basketball tournament under one roof,” said David S. Beck, president and CEO of venues from Kentucky.

The sports media have noticed the growing popularity of women’s basketball among young people. ESPN will broadcast the Run 4 the Roses Championship matches live on ESPNU and ESPN+ on Friday, July 8.Run 4 the Roses isn’t the only basketball tournament to take over the Kentucky Exposition Center in July. Six tournaments are scheduled, including:

  • July 4-6 – Roses Rising Stars
  • July 5-8 – Run 4 the Roses
  • July 8-10 – Ballin’ Under 1 Roof
  • July 9 – Sneaker Wars
  • July 10-12 – Battle in the Boro
  • July 22-24 – Basic Matchup

During the month of July, basketball events alone will generate more than $34 million and bring 57,000 visitors to Louisville.

The Kentucky Exposition Center hosts more than 30 sporting events a year – including volleyball, archery, cheer and dance, and martial arts – and continues to grow as a sports destination. To learn more about the establishment or view its calendar of events, visit

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Kristen T. Prall