The Midwest Basketball Showcase began in 2011 as a tribute and fundraiser for the Omaha Sparks girls summer travel team. The Sparks began playing together in the 3rd grade. By the time they graduated high school, the Sparks had played in tournaments over the Midwest and in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Washington, D.C., winning over 20 tournaments and defeating girls teams from 21 different states. Their purple and gold uniforms and matching shoes were recognized throughout the Midwest. Six of the Sparks girls won a Class A state championship in Nebraska. The girls are now attending or did attend Creighton University, Iowa Western Community College, McCook Community College, Northeast Community College, University of Kansas, Kansas State University, University of Nebraska-Kearney, Angelo State University, and Chipola Community College either as a member of their women’s basketball team or as a student.
In the 7 year history of the MBS, we have been fortunate to have some of the top HS girls in the Midwest play in our event. College coaches from Division 2 and 3, NAIA and Junior Colleges have been in attendance each year to scout our high school girls and boys division. Alumni of the MBS are currently playing, or will be playing, college basketball at the following universities: