Bob Stras Dallas Classic Basketball Tournament
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.
Accomplishments and Improvements
- 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.
What is the history and format of the Tournament?
The Knights of Columbus Dallas Classic is sponsored by the Dallas Diocesan Chapter of the Knights of Columbus and was started in 1962 as a Catholic high school boys basketball tournament. In the early days, some of the visiting teams actually slept on the floors of some Council halls. Over the years a girls division was added and in 2014 the name of SK Bob Stras who led the Tournament Committee for many years was added to the tournament name. The competition has grown in stature with a great mix of local talent, national talent from outside of the metroplex and even some international teams from Russia, Canada and elsewhere. In its current format, 8 boys teams are hosted at Jesuit Dallas Preparatory School and 8 Girls Teams are hosted at Bishop Lynch High School. The Dallas Classic has become one of the preeminent high school basketball tournaments in the area.