A group of fifth grade basketball players from Evanston and Rogers Park are hoping to travel to Florida next month to play in the Amateur Atheletic Union Division 1 championship tournament.

After a 42-game season this spring, they won an invitation to the tournament, which will be held July 15 to 21 in Cocoa Beach.

The youngsters of Team Flight 5 and their parents are trying to raise $5,500 to cover tournament travel and lodging costs for the team and its coaches, Ike Colvin, Napoleon Downs and Hassan Flowers.

If you’re interested in supporting their adventure, you can make a contribution online.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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