New organization appears to have saved UALR's trip to Virgin Islands

UALR is scheduled to depart next week for a tournament in the British Virgin Islands. That was apparently up in the air until very recently.

UALR, Jacksonville State, Southern Miss and Coppin State are the four schools scheduled to participate in the BVI Tropical Shootout to be held at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, from Dec. 20-21.

The tournament’s new organizers said this week the event will definitely be played. Travel arrangements for the teams are being made. Three will arrive on Dec. 18 and the other on Dec. 19. They will return home on Dec. 22 and 23.

However, Burn The Horse learned this week that the event was on the verge of cancellation in mid-to-late-November – maybe even as late as the past two weeks. The tournament was saved by a new organizational group, which has stepped in and taken over.

In mid-November, Tournament organizer Steve E. Parillon told Virgin Island News he was seeking community support to keep the tournament alive.

“Right now I’m short on funds so I’m trying to create a pledge to make this event possible,” he said. “Canceling this event would be very detrimental to the country.”

Another report at that time said the schools had given Parillon one week to make a decision about the tournament.

Last week, JTV News’ Sports Desk did a segment on the tournament with the event’s new organizers. They reported the event was now being put on by Basketball Events Management, BVI Limited, a non-profit organization responsible for the tournament. Parillon is not part of the new committee. The U.S. Virgin Islands government is also involved.

This is the first year for NCAA Division I teams playing in this event.
Watch JTV's Sports Desk segment here: