“We have been competing in the Tournament since before it was a girls-only tournament. Coach Benson has worked tirelessly to expand the tournament while using it as a platform to address social challenges of today’s youth. The BeYOUtiful Classic has become a player-favorite for all of Central Texas and has become one of the premiere tournaments in the state!”
- Keith Allen, Vista Ridge HS
" The Bowie BeYOUtiful Classic represents so much more than a fantastic early season event for these teams to compete. Coach Benson has built it into a unique opportunity for these student-athletes that empowers the girls with experiences and education. It now draws some of top teams in the state and they all leave enriched both on and off the court."
- Shane Laflin, Premier Basketball Report &
McDonalds All American selection committee member
The purpose of this event is not only to play games, but to raise awareness and offer help
for young female athletes battling mental health.
This event began in November 2012 as the Bowie BeYOUtiful Classic with just 8 teams.
In November 2019, we hosted 32 teams in what has become the kick-off event for girls basketball in central Texas.
Top teams from across the state travel to participate in the weekend.
Through the years we have covered major issues such as eating disorders , self-image, domestic violence, drug and alcohol use among teenagers, human trafficking, suicide and more.
We recognize the importance of making mental health a priority. THIS is why we now partner with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for our tournament.
In lieu of trophies, we dontate to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a nonproft organiztion that specializes in helping teenagers and family battle mental illness FREE of cost.
Our goals for the tournament weekend are to educate athletes and coaches about mental health
and to provide resources for them to get help.
In addition, we will host incredible basketball talent!
Partnering with NAMI of Central Texas
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Central Texas envisions a community that addresses mental illness as a health issue and provides the systems, resources and education for all people to achieve recovery. Through innovative education, support and advocacy programs, they are changing the way our community addresses mental health. For these reasons we have partnered with NAMI. Please visit NAMI to learn more.
VICKIE BENSON - Bowie High School Girls Basketball Head Coach