Chartreal Hall loves basketball. A Louisville native, he proudly played at both Spalding University and Bellarmine in college, ultimately achieving an athlete’s dream by playing professionally overseas.

He wasn’t looking to stop, but when his little girl silently called him out on the distance, he took an opportunity to return home and join the team at the Kentucky Exposition Center, brining outstanding events to The Ville. Not long after, he met and was inspired by Tucker Neil, founder of OhioBasketball.com, a league organization hosting some of the finest youth basketball tournaments across the nation.

Chartreal knew that Louisville was a perfect spot for a record-breaking innovative, excellent tournament and he teamed up with Tucker and helped to secure a five year contract with the City of Louisville to make the TFN Run for Roses Classic a reality. They are now three years into that contract and Chartreal is full time with Tucker’s Team serving as the Louisville Director of Operations for Ohio Basketball Events. This tournament has already succeeded in bringing over 2/3 of their 42 million dollar estimated economic impact to the city and there is no sign of slowing, with approximately 1100-1200 teams and 11,000-12,000 players and their families scheduled to ascend on Louisville for the 2019 event on July 5th-8th at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Sponsors of the 2019 event include title sponsor UPS, Republic Bank, Cryo Club, Kentucky Kingdom, Buca di Beppo, Strike & Spare, Chick-fil-A, Louisville Tourism, Spalding, Dr. Dish, Girls Eybl, Shot Coach, National Exposure and Ohio Basketball.

The tournament is NCAA Certified and will bring 1100 coaches to Louisville to scout for the future of women’s basketball on 80 custom courts, including the Cardinals’ own Coach Jeff Walz. While it is an exciting athletic event, it is also an opportunity to engage thousands of young women with tools for education and personal empowerment on and off the court.

On this week’s episode of the #502LeaderSeries Podcast, we sat down with Chartreal to talk about his journey and the many aspects of the TFN Run for Roses Classic that make it unique and great for our city!

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