The original Rising Suns started in the early 1970’s in Berkeley, CA. This was an era of exceptional basketball. Berkeley High School, which was the best high school team in California, and the University of California Berkeley both had a number of players that went on to play in the NBA.
The Berkeley Rising Suns was made up of mostly Berkeley High School graduates and was a very successful team among the Asian community leagues and tournaments. They epitomized the essence of competitive basketball. The driving force of the coaches and leaders of the original Rising Suns were responsible for the formation of the new East Bay Rising Suns – an organization that would provide the youth of the Bay Area with the chance to compete in organized basketball.
We believe that playing basketball is a vital extension of the academic commitment that players make in their classrooms. In addition to encouraging teamwork and sportsmanship, our goal is to not only help improve players’ basketball skills, but also to provide a healthy social environment, instilling lasting friendships among our players and their families.
Each year, we host our own tournament, inviting teams from California and as far as Hawaii. We owe the success of ten years of tournament history to our founding leaders and to all tournament participants and families.