Basketball Travelers, Mountain West Conference Announce Strategic Partnership

SEATTLE, Wash. – Basketball Travelers Inc. (BTI) and the Mountain West Conference (Basketball) are pleased to announce a strategic partnership focused on enhancing the experience for men’s and women’s basketball teams to participate in a series of collegiate competitions.  Going forward, Mountain West men’s basketball teams will now be part of a regular rotation in the US Virgin Islands Paradise Jam tournament and the Great Alaska Shootout, both held each November in the annual offering of early-season events.  In addition, Mountain West men’s and women’s teams will have the opportunity for guaranteed participation in future events under development.

“The Paradise Jam is entering its 18th year, and of course the Great Alaska Shootout is one of the two original early-season men’s basketball events,” said Nels Hawkinson, Co-founder of Basketball Travelers. “The Mountain West Conference has a rich history of competitive teams, and we welcome them into these events, where their coaches and student-athletes have an annual opportunity to showcase their talents to national broadcast, digital and live audiences.”

“It is important for Mountain West basketball programs to play tough competition in great exempt events while providing each team national exposure.” said Dan Butterly, Senior Associate Commissioner, Mountain West. “Partnering with BTI allows us guaranteed entry into quality, and historically known tournaments, with great competition, and guarantees our teams positions for future events we might develop together”.

“The Great Alaska Shootout is entering its 38th year and we’re excited to begin welcoming the Mountain West Conference to our event on an annual basis,” said Keith Hackett, Director of Athletics, University of Alaska-Anchorage.  “We’ve been focused on re-constituting the Shootout with BTI, and this partnership is an example of how we are creating stability and momentum for the tournament, and begin to return it to the prominence it once held in the national college basketball rotation.”

While Nevada’s men’s basketball team is currently slated for the Great Alaska Shootout in 2016, and Paradise Jam in 2018, Mountain West teams will officially begin a rotation in the 2018 GAS, and 2019 PJAM.  Additional teams from the Conference will be added to future events that Basketball Traveler’s is currently developing.

Basketball Travelers is reaching out to other conferences to create similar partnerships, and welcomes interest from across the Division I landscape.

About Basketball Travelers
Established in 1985, Basketball Travelers, Inc. is the leading firm in the United States for organizing domestic and international basketball competition. Over 200 collegiate and high school teams participate annually in tours and tournaments run by BTI.  In addition, subsidiary BTI Events is the managing partner for the US-IUSF, the American arm of the International University Sports Federation (FISU).  BTIE recruits and provides logistical support for all U.S. athletes competing in the World University Games and Championships.  Through both organizations, BTI seeks to facilitate goodwill and understanding between nations and peoples of all backgrounds.

About the Mountain West
From its inception in 1999, the Mountain West has been committed to excellence in intercollegiate athletics, while promoting the academic missions of its member institutions. Progressive in its approach, the Mountain West continues to cultivate opportunities for student-athletes to compete at the highest level, while fostering academic achievement and sportsmanship. The Mountain West membership is comprised of 11 all-sport members: the United States Air Force Academy, Boise State University, Colorado State University, Fresno State, University of Nevada, University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, San José State University, UNLV, Utah State University and University of Wyoming. In addition, the University of Hawai‘i and Colorado College participate in the Mountain West as single-sport members in football and women’s soccer, respectively.