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Dunking for Diversity youth tournament to be held August 18; sign-up today

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa invite everyone to the 1st annual Cedar Valley Community Partners back-to-school event, Dunking for Diversity.  The free event aims to bring the community together, focus on diversity education and celebrate the start of the new school year.

The 3-on-3 middle and high school youth basketball tournament welcomes girls, boys and co-ed teams to take part.  Spectators are welcome and encouraged.

“We are looking for kids grades 6 to 8 to play in the middle school tournament.  And we’re looking for high school kids to play in the high school bracket, grades 9 to 12.  There’s a 12 team total for each age group,” said one of the organizers, Isaac Newsome, Jr.

Free food, school haircuts, school supplies and community resource tables will be available, as well.

Dunking for Diversity began in 2018, founded by Newsome and Jason Huang.  Following a successful first event in March, multiple organizations, along with school districts, have come together for this next one to reach even more youth and their families.  Other Cedar Valley Community Partners involved in the event are Waterloo and Cedar Falls Schools, House of Hope, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, the City of Waterloo and The Job Foundation.

“There is an educational component that goes on during the event, but the general focus is to use basketball as a platform to bring people together regardless of age, race, gender, and sexual orientation,” said Newsome.

Dunking for Diversity will be held from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Clubs location in Waterloo at 515 Lime Street.  Learn more and register your team here:

Questions can be emailed to, or you can call Newsome at 515-689-8641.

See the Dunking for Diversity video here:

“I believe sports brings people together, regardless if you are playing or a spectator. Everyone is together for one common goal, and that’s to cheer on their team.” – co-organizer, Isaac Newsome, Jr.


Abby Turpin

Evening Anchor

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