GLENDALE — No matter what part of Southern California the Glendale Panthers 13-and-under boys' basketball travel ball team has traveled to for a tournament, Coach Avedis Melkonyan sensed a genuine interest with those respective communities following the sport.
The Panthers have competed in numerous tournaments throughout the years from the San Fernando Valley to the Inland Empire to Orange County. With a high degree of appeal in those territories, Melkonyan figured hosting a similar tournament in Glendale would be ideal.
Melkonyan will see the notion come to fruition, as the inaugural Glendale Summer Classic will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Homenetmen Glendale Ararat Chapter facility. Twenty-four teams in five divisions from Glendale, La Crescenta, Burbank and the San Gabriel Valley will be on hand to compete with the main goal geared toward promoting sportsmanship and friendship.