Bob Stras Dallas Classic Basketball Tournament

Bob Stras Dallas Classic Basketball Tournament


Dallas Classic Basketball Tournament Coordinator

Jake Fleischer

Phone: (214) 232-1084‬

Home Council 6065



The 57th Annual Knights of Columbus
Bob Stras Dallas Classic
Basketball Tournament

December 5th–7th, 2019





Individual Knights



The Purpose & Mission of The Tournament…

Why does the Dallas Diocese Chapter do this?

  • To make a relevant connection that otherwise might not exist between the Knights of Columbus and the youth of our community.
  • To support our local catholic schools and to contribute to the quality of their programs and environment.

2018 Tournament Highlights

Girls basketball competition
  • Tournament took place 11/29 to 12/1 with 8 teams on the girls side and 8 teams in the boys bracket. Teams traveled from as far away as San Francisco, Kansas City and Amarillo to compete with our local talent.
  • Both host schools (Bishop Lynch and Jesuit Dallas) won their respective championships. The Bishop Lynch girls team went on to capture the TAPPS 6A State Championship for the 2018/19 season.
  • Nolan Catholic returned on the boys side to join our other local catholic schools. Bishop Dunne was scheduled to return but withdrew.
  • Coach Andy Zihlman of BL won his 1000th game as a head coach on the first night of the tournament. Commemorative trophy was presented by the Knights.
  • We honored referee Jerell Daniels who has officiated in the Tournament for over 30 years.

Accomplishments and Improvements

Boys basketball competition
  • Expanded the Tournament Program to 40 pages from 36 last year. Upgraded creative content.
  • Increased the number of Knights who took personal sponsorships from 30 to 50 (Platinum up 89% and Gold up 57%!).
  • All players received high quality commemorative tee shirts.
  • Upgraded trophies and awards.
  • Two additional Councils funded ads for the first time.
  • Two additional corporate sponsorships.
  • DDC ad on the inside back cover went to full color.
  • Improved “Who Are These Men Called Knights?” ad.

Special Thanks!!

  • To the 16 Councils and Assemblies and the DDC who continued to support the Tournament through advertising in the Tournament Program.
  • To Councils 8157 and 14568 who advertised for the first time this year!
  • To all the affiliated organizations that continue to support the Tournament.
  • To all 50 individual Knights who took Platinum and Gold Sponsorships.
  • To Jorge Ruiz who put us on the map with the DDC Facebook page and Website and did such great creative work on his Council center spread and other advertising work.
  • To District Deputy Andy Goza for advocating so strongly for us and for helping us find a wonderful tee shirt supplier who did a great job.
  • To Mike Schmitt from Council 5052 who prepared baked ziti for all of the boys teams on the first night of the tournament and to Salerno’s restaurant that supplied a great buffet for the girls teams.
  • Finally, to the 2018 Tournament Committee for all of their hard work to make this event a success – Bob Stras, Roy Rabenaldt, Roger Scott, Mike Murray and Jake Fleischer.