• Polk Key City Basketball Tournament

    History

    polk Hardin-Simmons University and the Abilene Independent School District have joined forces to host a long-standing tradition. In 1952 Hardin-Simmons began hosting a girl's invitational basketball tournament under the direction of its founder, Dr. Otho M. Polk (pictured right), Professor of Physical Education and Recreation. In 1985, Hardin-Simmons renamed the tournament in honor of its founder.

    Abilene Independent School District initiated the Key City Invitational Girls Basketball Tournament in 1975 and enjoyed success for many years. Because of scheduling difficulties, the two tournaments eventually fell on the same dates.

    In order to eliminate the competition between Hardin-Simmons and the Abilene ISD, the two institutions decided to combine their efforts to produce one of the finest high school girl's invitational tournaments in the state. The tournament was henceforth known as the Polk-Key City Invitational High School Girls Basketball Classic and dedicated to the memory of Dr. Otho M. Polk, who not only taught at Hardin-Simmons for 51 years, but also served as tournament director for 30 years.

    Over the years, the tournament has continued to receive gracious support from the city of Abilene and the family of Dr. Polk. Thanks to all of you who support this time-honored tradition.

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