Longview P.A.R.D. received the top member city award presented by the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation during the recently held 90th Anniversary Annual Meeting in Rockwall.
Longview P.A.R.D. was presented the T.A.A.F. Platinum Member City Award for outstanding 2014-2015 registration support from teams, individuals and T.A.A.F. programs. The Member City awards are based on population/participation ratio. It includes consideration for involvement in hosting Regional and State events, as well as service of their staff as liaisons and committee members. Longview was one of only 4 'platinum' level cities as they are the leader of the population grouping, according to T.A.A.F. Executive Director Mark Lord.
Also at the annual meeting, Longview P.A.R.D. received the bid to host the T.A.A.F. Winter State Boys Youth Basketball Tournament. The Tournament will be held March 18-20 and is expected to attract between 90-100 teams.
Longview hosted both the T.A.A.F. boys and girls state tournaments in 2014, the year that the tournaments were combined with the boys and girls playing in the same location. Longview has hosted the girls tournament several times but 2014 was the first year to host the boys tournament.