Another Party Alert (Giveaway Ended): SportsBall Black-Tie Tennis Shoe Gala Is Saturday

Posted by Holly Whitfield | July 22nd 2014 3107 0

There's only one party in Memphis where you're required to wear your most comfy shoes with your black-tie attire, and that's the annual SportsBall Black-Tie Tennis Shoe GalaI'm giving away a pair of tickets (worth $200) for the event – which is this Saturday night at Minglewood Hall – so keep reading to find out how to win.

** Giveaway ended: Congrats to "Ashley C." commenter who won. You can still buy tickets online here or at the door.**

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The SportsBall is like prom night meets game night. Guys will be in their suits and ladies in their formal frocks, but everyone will be wearing sneakers. There will be interactive games, casino games, something called "jousting with a friend" and, naturally, a photo booth.


You can expect plenty of drinks and informal foods like popcorn and nachos, plus prizes, auctions, and eventually, dancing. Gary Parrish and Chris Vernon from 92.9 ESPN are the hosts of the evening. The event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis, which pairs mentoring adults with children ages 6 through 18 to establish a positive, influential relationship with that child.

Tickets are $100 per person in advance, and $125 at the door (buy them here) but I have one pair to give away. (Giveaway Ended)

Here's how to win: Leave me a comment here telling me that you want to go and your name will be entered into the drawing to win the tickets. Bonus points if you include a link in your comment here (to Instagram, Twitter, FB, Flickr, anything) to a picture of the tennis shoes you'll be wearing. I'll do the drawing tomorrow (Wednesday, July 23) at noon and announce the winner then. 

If you do post a picture of your shoes online, tag me (@ilovememphis on Twitter or @ilovememphisblog on Instagram) and use hashtags #ilovememphis and #SportsBall. 

What I'll be wearing to the SportsBall. With my formal dress.

Go there:
17th Annual SportsBall Black-Tie Tennis Shoe Gala
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Minglewood Hall
7 p.m. to midnight

$100 advance/$125 door

Buy tickets here.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Ally says:

    I would LOVE to go!!   I think my shoes will go great with a LBD


  2. Alyssa says:

    EEE!! Exciting!! I want to go!!

  3. Mary Ruth young says:

    I would love to go!


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  4. Kesha Boyce says:

    I would love to go

  5. Cheryl Ervin says:

    I am at work and don't have access to my running shoes.  I am a St. Jude marathon Hero and love to get involved in Philanthropy.  Pick me for the tickets so I can learn more about how to get involved.

  6. Harold Williams says:

    Put me in – I look good in formalwear!

  7. Kaitlin Edwards says:

    This sounds like a funky good time. I want to go!

  8. Katie says:

    I have always wanted to go to this! Would love to win tickets!

  9. Carjie Scott says:

    I would love to go with my husband. My Instagram is carjiescott. Thank you 🙂

  10. Party is a Must! Must go!!!

  11. I’ve missed it every year! Working, living away, etc, I’d love to join others in our Nike’s & support Big Brothers, Big Sisters!!

  12. Katherine says:

    This would be so fun! 

  13. Jennifer Weaver says:

    Fantabulous! This is awesome. I would love to be able to go! Thanks so much! 🙂

    Instagram: mrsinmemphis

  14. Hi! I would love to attend the Sports Ball in my glittery Js this year!

  15. Deloria Moore says:

    I want to go.. This would be great back to school therapy… #ilovememphis #SportsBall

  16. Holly Fotd says:

    Such a fun event!

  17. Matt VanClevwe says:

    I would love to go! My tennis shoes are worn out, I will need a new pair.

  18. Maggie Zambetti says:

    I want to go!!!

  19. Nansa Jo says:

    I want to go!!

    Nansa Jo

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  21. Grace Weil says:

    I've always wanted to go to this! 

  22. Crystal Walker says:

    Count me in! My husband and I would love to go! 

  23. Crystal Walker says:

    Forgot to add my link:

    My husband and I would love to go! 


  24. Ali says:

    Omg I would love to give these to my boyfriend as a surprise for how hard he's been working this week! 

    Here's us before we would glam them up 🙂

  25. Brittany says:

    I would love to go! 

  26. Theresa Fairchild says:

    I want to go to the Sports Ball. I have never been!

  27. Liz says:

    I would love to attend! If I won, I would just need to figure out which dress to wear with my white hi tops?

  28. Emily says:

    Sounds fun! I would love to attend. I love a party where you can wear comfy shoes for a cause.

  29. I want to go…. Back to school therapy… Check out my shoes

  30. Antonio says:

    I want to go. Can’t figure out which pair to wear.

  31. Susanne says:

    I'd love to go!

  32. Amanda says:

    Big Brothers Big Sisters is such an awesome group in our community. Bet this is an awesome event…would love to go!

  33. Would absolutely love to go!

  34. Meredith Franklin says:

    I would love to go!

  35. Amanda E says:

    I would love to go, perfect opportunity to break in my new trainers before they hit the pavement 

  36. Jessica Tucker says:

    Check out the pic on Instagram!

  37. Ebony Cooper says:

    I would love to go to the sports ball! Sign me up!

  38. Nathalie o. says:

    I would love to go to the SportsBall this weekend & display my kicks!

  39. Britt Pickett says:

    I love GP and Vernon. Plus I have some deadstock jordan retro 9s I want to wear for the first time. I will send a Twitter photo. Love your website. It has helped me discover more of Memphis

  40. Ashley says:

    This sounds amazing, I definitely want to go!

  41. Jenny says:

    Id like to win the tickets!

  42. Brittney says:

    I would love to go because I have never been to such an event. Plus I couldn't afford the tickets anyways… I am a recent U of M graduate searching for full time employment. I have my throwback Lebron tennis shoes (I bought while in college) that would go great with any of my dresses for the occasion. Please oh please pick me!! @beauxnoire

  43. Gaby says:

    I would LOVE to go to this event!!!

  44. Amy Wiley says:

    My husband loves Gary Parrish and wearing sneakers. I want to take him so bad

  45. Ashley Michelle says:

    Oh wow!  Big brothers big sisters is an amazing charity! Memphis really needs the support of big brothers! Great giveaway!! Would love to be apart of this amazing event! And I DO love Memphis 

  46. John B. says:

    Love your website. Great cause! Would love to go!

  47. Molly Johnson says:

    Sounds like fun!! I'd love to go!!!

  48. Carol says:

    I would love to go! 

  49. Teddy says:

    I would love to wear a suit with sneakers!

  50. Pick me! I would enjoy getting down in my chucks and a little black dress! 

  51. Frances says:

    Have the perfect dress and sneakers….please pick me

  52. Katie Harris says:

    My husband and I would LOVE to win tickets to the Sports Ball!! I just started residency at Le Bonheur, and would love to participate in such a cool event that's benefiting kids. Check out my shoes I'm gonna rock!!

  53. stacy says:

    i want to go

  54. Robert W says:

    This sounds fantastic. I would love to go.

  55. Lana Moore says:

    I would love to attend!!! Thanks:) 

  56. In 2002 I went to a my cousion's wedding with my family.  I wore a pinstriped 3-piece suit and my blue Reebok Classics.  This drove my mom nuts.  But alas, I was an adult and there wasn't anything she could do about it. Now we all laugh about it–and I still sneak my sneakers with my formal attire when I can.

    I can't post a pic since I'm travling for work without my Classics, but I'd love to go!

  57. Katie Harris says:

    My husband and I would LOVE to win tickets to the Sports Ball!! Check out my shoes!!

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