Mark your calendars if you haven’t penciled the date in since September! The Kingswood Oxford Invitational Tournament (KIT), the longest-running prep basketball tournament in New England, is headed our way on December 13-15. The girls’ varsity basketball team, coached by Quinn O’Brien, will play on Friday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. against Capital Prep Harbor and the boys’ varsity basketball team coached by Brad Seaman will play at 8:30 p.m. versus Kents School. Tickets are $5.00 for a game and $10.00 for the entire weekend.
The KITs are named after “Frosty” Francis, a Kingswood Oxford legend who spent 25 years at KO and served as a teacher, coach, Director of Athletics, and Director of Finance and Development. His basketball teams won two New England Class B basketball championships, in 1956 and 1957, and he established the tournament that now bears his name in 1963.
According to Kingswood: 50 Years 1916-1966, “...the idea was to have a basketball jamboree here at Kingswood in the 1963 Christmas vacation, but the Parent Association took over from there. It contracted to handle all the promotional and organizational details, and teams of parents were taking tickets, baking cakes, brewing coffee, or broiling hotdogs were just as vital to the success of the tournament as were the players representing eight schools.”
Plan on an intense weekend of constant motion, passing, back-door cuts, picks on and off the ball, and disciplined teamwork.
Located in West Hartford, CT just steps from Blue Back Square, Kingswood Oxford is a private school inspiring co-ed day students in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum. Empowered students become clear confident communicators, resourceful problem-solvers, and ethical leaders. KO: where unlimited potential meets endless opportunities.