Continuing its tradition of conducting the most extravagant basketball tournament in Maharashtra, the LEO CLUB of Bharati Vidyapeeth University College of Engineering, Pune is set to host FIREBALL XVIII.
As the temperature outside rises, so does the excitement level of the public, the hard work of the organizers and the amazing spirit of our participants is set to cross another milestone in the history of FIREBALL, when on 24th march 2017, people of Pune will witness the 18th edition of Fireball.
FIREBALL XVIII, organized by the LEO CLUB of Bharati Vidyapeeth University College of Engineering, Pune is the biggest Invitational inter-collegiate and inter-corporate Basketball Tournament of Maharashtra starting from 24th March 2017 – 2nd April 2017 on the courts of Bharati Vidyapeeth campus, Katraj, Pune. The event goes on for 10 days. The match days feature corporate level matches on weekends and college level matches on weekdays. The tournament takes place in the form of Round Robin league and Knockout. Separate matches for both the men and women categories take place.
Fireball, is now ready for its 18th edition under the guidance and support of our beloved principal of Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, Pune, Prof. Dr. Anand Bhalerao Sir. He has guided us in the toughest of times and provided us the strength to pull off a tournament as big as this. From its conceptualization to sponsorships to publicity to media to nationwide recognition, it would be appropriate to say that the presence of the leaders like Prof. Dr. Bhalerao Sir who have bestowed his goodwill and guidance, give us the zeal to work harder to make the event a grand success. Fireball which was organized for the first time ever in the year 2000, by Leo Maneck Kotwal. He is still a very active member and personally sees to the working and arrangements of the tournament till date.
Fireball invites players from all over Maharashtra and provides an incredible opportunity even for new players to compete and come into league with the seasoned ones. The tournament welcomes teams from colleges as well as corporate companies. It achieves the basic idea to increase the sportsmanship in our country as well as to introduce and promote the game of basketball in society.
The tournament plays host to many of the best colleges in Maharashtra like BVP (COE), IMED, MIT, AFMC, COEP, FLAMES, VIT etc. and many reputed corporates like TCS, Wipro, Infosys, Vodafone, Accenture, BNY Melon, Zensar, Cognizant and many more. Also to keep in touch with the alumni’s of the college, Fireball plays host to an Alumni v/s Current team match. A match reliving the good old days and also providing everyone with an opportunity to watch some of the finest players ever in action.
The event amasses healthy sponsorship titles. The tournament has witnessed the involvement of online food delivery giant Swiggy, Reliance Mobile, Pepsi co. and many more celebrated companies like Wellness Forever, Pantaloons, Red Bull, State Bank of India, VLCC, Gold’s Gym, Wildcraft, Indian Oil etc. The tournament features in both, the national (The Times of India, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, The Telegraph) and local dailies (Pune Mirror, Saakal, Aaj ka Anand, Jaagran City plus, Lokmat). Not just print media but digital media in the form of radio partners aid the tournament. Past media partners include Radio One, Radio City, RedFm etc.
So for all the basketball fanatics out there, the Basketball ground of Bharati Vidyapeeth will be the place to be. Because amongst the passion and the grunts, the respect for each other and sportsmanship would echo the loudest. So come join us, to celebrate the carnival that FIREBALL is.