Am I My Brother’s Keeper? Community Basketball Tournament was organized to celebrate the youth of Little Rock during National Children’s Day (June 11th).  This day was created to honor the children in our lives, National Children’s Day is a day to slow down our fast paced lives, turn off the technology and refocus on the important things, family.  In 1995, President Clinton proclaimed National Children’s Day as October 8th.  He was later followed by President Bush in 2001 who declared the first Sunday in June as National Child’s Day.  However, National Children’s Day is generally celebrated the second Sunday in June.

The purpose of this tournament is to promote education, community involvement and youth sports to combat the increase in Gang and Gun violence in Little Rock.  Our goal is to raise $10,000 for youth sports and programming at West Central Sports Complex ran by Director Doris Wright from Ward 6 in Little Rock, Arkansas

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Tamara Farisa, is an Arkansas Native and an Alumni of Parkview Arts/Science Magnet School.  She has been Chief Operations Officer for Balanced Communications for over 5 years in a consulting capacity along with starting Mothers, Daughters & Sisters Empowerment Group in 2016.  After the loss of at least 15 youth to Gangs and Gun violence over the past year, endless comments from the community on Facebook asking for peace, she decided to return back home and organized an event that the community, and the city, could come together for, “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”  She was able to team up with the City of Little Rock and West Central Sports Complex to come together as a unified body for “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”-A Community Basketball Tournament”, June 9-11, 2017 celebrating National Children’s Day.

Balanced Communications is based on a “Community like Mine” philosophy and this call of action, “Am I My Brother’s Keeper”, is our contribution to the Nation’s recent increase in inner city violence so it starts at home. So here, we are!

The purpose of this tournament is to promote education, community involvement and youth sports to combat gang and gun violence.  Our goal is to raise $10,000 for youth sports and programming at West Central Sports Complex.


Player Requirements

Teams will be comprised of Middle School and High School students. The teams will be based upon the grade level of each student for the 2016-2017 school year.

Ages: 12-18
10 Teams: 5 Middle School Teams, 5 High School Teams

Representative for each team must attend Tournament Meeting on May 26th

Basketball Teams

Call Larry Gilmore with West Central Sports Complex for all Basketball Registration Information/Questions at (501) 563-3757.

Little Rock Police Officers will be patrolling the Community Friday and Saturday during the tournament times.

Tournament Rules

Bracket style tournament with Double Elimination
$500 Cash Prize will be awarded to 1st place winners
Additional cash prize will be awarded to 2nd place winners

Registration Costs

Registration cost is $100 per team
Registration deadline is May 19, 2017
Registration fee is NON-REFUNDALE


Opening Ceremony

06:00 PM

Tournament Games

8:00 PM

Tournament Games

8:00 AM

Dance Team Halftime Entertainment

10:00 AM

Championship Game

7:00 PM

Award Ceremony

3:00 PM

Community Carnival

3:30 PM

Tournament Location


4521 John Barrow Rd

Little Rock, AR 72204

Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to attend Tournament?

Children under 5 years old: FREE
Students (w/school ID): $3.00
Adults: $5.00
Weekend Pass: $8.00

What is the Refund Policy?

This fee is 100% non-refundable (applied to all registrations submitted by 05/19). If you need to be refunded, please contact Tamara Farisa directly for consideration.


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