Celebrating the return of one of basketball’s most iconic competitions to Chicago after a four-year hiatus, organizers Wilson and Dreamville have opened free ticket reservations today for fans of all ages to attend each weekend of The Dreamville Chi-League Powered by Wilson.
As the new official game ball supplier of the NBA, Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co. recently joined forces with Dreamville, one of the most popular brands in music and entertainment today, to officially relaunch the storied Chicago pro-am. The new three-week basketball tournament tips off at noon CT on Sunday, Aug. 8 at Chicago State University’s Emil and Patricia A. Jones Convention Center (9501 South King Drive, Chicago, IL 60628) before returning the next two weekends on Sunday, Aug. 15 and Sunday, Aug. 22.
Starting today, fans can now reserve tickets in advance for all three weekends through Eventbrite. Although the tournament is free admission for all ages, fans are highly encouraged to reserve their spot in advance.
For those interested in supporting the YMCA, a limited number of paid tickets are also available for $50 each. These paid tickets will offer an elevated experience while at the tournament including express entry and reserved seating at each game. All ticket donations will benefit the South Side YMCA of Metro Chicago to help increase equity and access for local kids and families to participate in youth sports. Learn more about the local nonprofit organization at www.ymcachicago.org/southside.
Additionally, Wilson has revealed the Dreamville Chi-League’s initial rosters that includes more than 40 players and coaches now confirmed to participate in the August event. The lineup includes a number of current NBA players, as well as former NBA champions, Olympians, international pros and more.
Notable participants in the men’s division include the following, all of whom hail from the greater Chicago area:
|Ryan Boatright||Player||Current professional playing in Europe; Former UConn player winning a NCAA basketball championship in 2014.|
|Sterling Brown||Player-Coach||Current NBA player for the Houston Rockets.|
|Al McKinnie||Player-Coach||Current NBA player for the Los Angeles Lakers; Silver medalist in 3×3 basketball at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.|
|E’Twaun Moore||Player-Coach||Current NBA player for the Phoenix Suns.|
|Kendrick Nunn||Player-Coach||Current NBA player for the Miami Heat; 2020 NBA All-Rookie First Team.|
|Chasson Randle||Player||Current NBA player for the Orlando Magic; 2021 NBA G-League Champion.|
|Bobby Simmons||Coach||Former professional basketball player; Named Most Improved Player in 2005 and played more than 10 seasons in the NBA.|
|Antoine Walker||Coach||Former professional basketball player; three-time NBA All-Star and 2006 NBA Champion with the Miami Heat; Former University of Kentucky player winning a NCAA basketball championship in 1996.|
Stay tuned as more details surrounding this year’s Dreamville Chi-League will be revealed soon, including the entertainment lineup, in-game activities, youth clinics, and more. Make sure to also follow along on social media using the official hashtag #DreamvilleChiLeague2021.