Welcome to the Karp's Klassic Tournament website!
What is Karp’s Klassic?
Karp’s Klassic began 40 years ago as a men’s invitational basketball tournament. The first eight tournaments were organized by Paul Karp and were held in Hanover’s Ray School gymnasium with the help of Hank Tenney, Hanover Parks and Recreation Director. The original name was the Hanover Men’s Invitational Basketball Tournament. The tournament moved to the CCBA’s Witherell Recreation Center in 1988.
For several years, the tournament included a women’s division, however interest in that division declined in later years. In 1996, the youth division was added and has become the largest portion of the tournament. A Town Team division was added in 2001. Over the years, teams have come from as far away as Boston, New York and Maine to participate in the tournament. Now in its 40th year, the tournament currently host 100 teams.
Proceeds from the tournament benefit the CCBA programs, including specifically the Youth Scholarship Program which allows children to enjoy the benefits of the CCBA who might not otherwise be able to do so.
This tournament could not take place without the extensive efforts of countless friends of basketball and volunteers of all age groups, to whom we say a big thank you!
Thank you for coming and good luck!!
More about Paul Karp, our founder & tournament director!
It all started because a guy really, really liked basketball. With the help of Hanover’s Hank Tenney, the Karp’s Klassic Basketball Tournament was born 40 years ago.
Paul Karp’s love of the sport of basketball started early. He played grade school ball under Jim Wechsler, graduated from Lebanon High School in 1968, and continued playing at Lyndon State College, where he earned a degree in Physical Education in 1972. Originally planning to work in the sports field, he instead stayed with the paving business where he had spent his summers working. However, he remained involved with sports – coaching youth basketball and baseball teams (including his son Tim) for many years, and playing men’s softball and basketball. Paul was a volunteer youth basketball coach for the CCBA for 10 years and has coached at Lebanon High School.
Paul is a lifelong Lebanon resident and has always been willing to give something back to the community that raised him. He was a long-time Commissioner of Lebanon Men’s Softball, served on the CCBA’s Board of Trustees, and on the Lebanon Recreation Committee, receiving their Volunteer of the Year Award. His passion for playing and coaching is matched only by his passion for collecting sports memorabilia, which is readily apparent to anyone who visits his home.
The Karp’s Klassic mood is best summed up by a phone message left by a young coach, “I really want to put a team in the Karp’s, and it’s a GREAT tournament.”
Thank you, Paul, for having such a great idea 40 years ago, and here’s to 40 more!