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Third Annual Sullivan Martin Luther King Day Middle School Boy’s Basketball tournament proved to offer local 7th and 8th grade boys more than simply  “something exciting to do” on their day off - the one day tournament offered educational “King’s Day” learning moments and a chance to interact with Sullivan basketball players, helping convince the young men to soon attend Sullivan as their local high school of choice. (1:49) (2020)

Many 7th and 8th grade Rogers Park boys had an eventful day on Monday, January 21st, Martin Luther King Day, as Sullivan High School, Friends of Sullivan and the Chicago Park District co-hosted Sullivan High School’s First Middle School Invitational Basketball Tournament. With Sullivan’s gym in the midst of remodeling, Willye B. White Field House at 1610 W. Howard hosted the competition, fielding four local schools: Joyce Kilmer Elementary School, Gale Community Academy, Jordon Elementary Community School and Cruz Acero School.

First round games pitted Kilmer against Acero and Jordan against Gale, with Kilmer and Gale prevailing. In the consolation game, Jordan defeated Acero, leaving the championship game pitting Gale against Kilmer. In the hard fought game, Kilmer prevailed, 49 - 38, resulting with them winning the coveted title as champion of the First Sullivan Rogers Park Middle School Invitational.