Skyline Hoops: Who We Are

Grant, Ben and Eric founded Skyline Hoops in March of 2016. They are all graduates of New Palestine High School in New Palestine, IN. Keep reading to find out more about each.


Grant Blackwell

Grant is a 7 year veteran of the US Army and currently serves on the Indianapolis Fire Department. He attended Ball State University. In his free time he attempts to lift heavy and run fast; he also enjoys playing basketball and many other sports. His bio wouldn't be complete without mentioning his love for television and movies!


Ben Poor


Ben is a manager of financial services in Fishers. He attended Ball State University. Interests of his include golf, basketball, TV and movies. He also referees basketball at various locations around Indianapolis.

Eric Branch

Eric's a physical education teacher in Warren township. He also coaches Cross Country and Track at New Palestine High School. In his free time, he plays basketball, runs, and loves getting outside any chance he can.

New Pal Classic and New Pal Chamberfest - June 25, 2016

June 25th is shaping up to be a busy day in New Pal. Not only are we hosting our first-ever event, the New Pal Classic, at New Palestine High School- the New Palestine Chamber of Commerce is hosting the New Pal Chamberfest 2016. We hope to see you at both!

Here are some details for both of these events:

New Palestine Chamber Fest 2016 Presented by New Palestine Chamber of Commerce:

Concert: Thompson Square!  "Are you Gonna Kiss Me or Not"

Kids Zone

Beer Garden

Car Show

New Pal Classic Presented by Skyline Hoops:

When: Doors open at 12:00, tournament begins at 1:00

Where: New Palestine High School

Teams are guaranteed three(3) games. There will be prizes for the tournament champs and runners-up, 3pt and FT competition (kids of any age encouraged to compete in these), concessions, music, and much more!


First Event: New Pal Classic, June 25, 2016

Our first event, the New Pal Classic, will be held at New Palestine High School on June 25, 2015. We're hosting the event in conjunction with the New Pal basketball program. A portion of all proceeds will go toward their program.

Each team will be guaranteed three games. There will be drinks and food, as well as ample seating. There will be a 3-point and free throw competition, an all-tournament team and tournament MVP. Tournament champions, runner-ups, and winners of the FT and 3pt competitions will all receive prizes.

Related: The Creation of Skyline Hoops

Our focus is on making our tournaments community-based, family events that promote healthy competition. Come join us and help make the New Pal Classic great!


The Creation of Skyline Hoops

Indianapolis is the best city in America for rec league basketball. If you're looking for a league, there are great places to play on any side of the city. There are also many one-day tournaments in the city that players can enjoy.

The reason we created Skyline Hoops wasn't because there were no choices. In fact, we have played in several leagues across the city and would endorse any of them. They are well-run organizations that do a great job supporting the player base in Indy.

We created Skyline Hoops to support the players in a different way. We want to mix the excitement of a one-day event with the longer-term competition feel of a league. The goal is for all our tournaments to become a circuit where bragging rights are on the line.

Related: How we aim to be different

Our first event, the New Pal Classic, will be on June 25th, 1:00 PM, at New Palestine High School. We hope to see you there!

Skyline Hoops: Indianapolis's 3v3 Hub

There's no better place for basketball than Indiana- basketball is close to religion here. It seems like every Hoosier watches basketball and most play or have played in the past. We are looking to serve Hoosiers in central Indiana by holding tournaments that promote healthy competition, reward players who play in our tournaments in a variety of ways, and make for a fun, safe, family-oriented community event.

We want the atmosphere of our tournaments to be inviting to all members of the community. We plan to hold our events in conjunction with high school basketball teams to benefit their programs. We will have free-throw and 3-point competitions that players of any age can engage in. We hope to involve local vendors who work so hard to benefit the communities in which they operate.

Our events that will reward our players in more ways than just trophies at the end of the tournament. We want to get to know the folks that are participating and find out how we can improve our events to their liking. Every tournament will have its own all-tournament team and MVP who will receive special prizes. We will continually analyze the teams who participate in our tournaments to form an always-changing list of power rankings. These are just a few ideas we have in store with many more to come.

Integrity and sportsmanship are values that we hold very highly in our organization. Fighting and general unsportsmanlike behavior will not be tolerated. We will have security to ensure that our events are a safe environment for all participants.

Our first event, The New Pal Classic, will be on June 25th at New Palestine High School (4485 S Victory Dr, New Palestine, 46163). Come join us this summer!