The Tampa Bay Christmas invitational began as the Crusaders Christmas Tournament with only 8 teams. Joe Cooper, the founder and tournament director, quickly realized the potential of girls basketball in the region and felt this tournament could highlight some of the top teams in the area. A couple of years ago we expanded the tournament hosted 32 teams at 2 separate sites (Seffner Christian and S.L.A.M. Academy), and had some of the nation’s top talent represented. Boys and Girls from 20 different states including Puerto Rico and the Bahamas all played under 1 roof at the Wiregrass Sports Ranch. We are excited about our continued growth and look forward to more future expansion.