By Alex Byington

Fort Hood Herald

The month of February is set aside as a time to honor black history, and while 28 days may be too brief to encapsulate the entire struggle for equal rights, Fort Hood's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is closing out the month with its third annual Black History Month Basketball Tournament.

The tournament began Monday and goes through Saturday. It involves 30 teams competing at Abrams Field House and Starker Gym, with action taking place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

"It's just to publicize Black History month, and we do it in conjunction with the Equal Opportunity office," said Homer Beck, intramural sports coordinator.

Beck said most of the teams involved are the same that participate in Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's winter recreational league, since it coincides with league play, which lasts from December until the end of March.

"This is a fun-type tournament and we don't limit them to their teams," Beck said. "The regular leagues have to be battalion teams, but this right here is a fun thing and they can put together their own (team). As long as they are active duty soldiers, they can play."

Although the tournament is in its third year, the winners have been different every year, mostly credited to constant deployments.

"You know, one year (1st Cavalry) might be here, and the next 3rd (Armored Cavalry Regiment) or 4th (Infantry Division) might be here, so the units will rotate in and out," Beck said.

Having the various units at home at different times keeps the annual basketball tournament interesting and competitive each year.

"We always have a good turnout for this," Beck said.

For more information, contact Abrams Field House at (254) 287-2016.

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