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The 2024 Bahamas Hoopfest is brought to you by the International Youth Education and Sports Foundation. The event began as an idea and became a reality in 2019 when the first classic took place with Arkansas, Wisconsin, Lehigh (Pa.), Fordham (N.Y.), and Ball State (Ind.) making up the initial field of teams. The games were originally slated to take place in The Bahamas' national basketball arena, the Kendall G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium. However, due to one of the most devastating hurricanes in history, Hurricane Dorian, hitting the northern islands of The Bahamas in September of that year, the gymnasium had to be converted in to a shelter to house individuals displaced by the storm. Despite the country's setback, the people of The Bahamas welcomed us with open arms and helped us move our venue to Baha Mar, which allowed us to successfully execute the first NCAA Division I women's basketball classic to ever take place in the Bahamas' capital city of Nassau. We were grateful to be able to provide the teams, their fans, and the Bahamian people with an unforgettable experience. Several months after a successful 2019 event, we were locked in and preparing to host another group of teams for 2020. However, the world was shutdown due to the novel coronavirus. Down but not out, the Bahamas Hoopfest is slated to return to Nassau, Bahamas in December of 2024. We'd love to have you join us for a few days of hoops action and fun in the sun.
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