2018 MAM Christmas Classic


Impact on MAM

Memphis Athletic Ministries (MAM) exists to coach, grow, and lead the youth of Memphis by helping them discover their identity in Christ and their purpose in the community. MAM’s vision is to see identity found, hope restored, and lives changed.

All proceeds will be used to support MAM programs.

3-Game Guarantee

All places are determined in every division, if possible. This format ensures that every team plays at least 3 games. Team trophies are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each division.

Participant T-Shirt

Every player and coach will be given a souvenir t-shirt. The t-shirts will be available at the location of each team’s first game.

Admission Prices

Invitational at Bartlett Highschool:

Adults:  $8.00/day

Children 6u: free

All Other Divisions:

Adults: $5.00/day

Children 6u: free

Years Serving Memphis
Teams Participate Yearly
Youth Athletes Participate Yearly


In 1991 by Dr. Larry Edwards, a physical education instructor at the University of Memphis, the tournament was created to build community awareness among various areas of Memphis, both urban and suburban. In 1995, Dr. Carl Flinn, a pediatric ophthalmologist, became involved and the tournament was named the Peepers Optical Tournament after his practice. Renamed the MAM Christmas Classic in 2004, the tournament has 150 to 200 recreational, church and school teams for boys and girls ages 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 and under participating every year. Games are played at various urban and suburban locations throughout the county. The MAM Classic is not only our largest fundraiser each year, but is also a Memphis tradition in the world of local youth sporting events.