The Tonsler League, originally established in 2010 by Damien “Snake” Banks, and formerly known as the Banks Collage Basketball Association (BCBA), was taken over by Dr. Wes Bellamy in 2022, and renamed as the Tonsler League in honor of Benjamin Tonsler, the former principal of 30 years of the first Black school in Charlottesville, entrepreneur and community leader.

The Tonsler League is a summer basketball league that plays from June through August each summer at Tonsler Park in Charlottesville, Virginia. The league is known for its infectious family-like atmosphere. Each summer, teams get together to compete at Tonsler Park (aka THE JUNGLE) in hopes of winning the championship title and bragging rights until the next season.

While the Tonsler League is widely known for its weekly basketball matchups, we pride ourselves on our community engagement events. The league puts on annual bike giveaways, turkey drives, Sneakerball (scholarship fundraiser) and more.


Men's games will be held on Thursdays and Sundays at Tonsler Park. Thursday games will be held at 6PM, 7PM and 8PM; while Sunday games will be held at 5PM, 6PM, 7PM and 8PM.


No parking inside of the Tonsler Park circle this year, that area will be our Vendor Zone! The Tonsler League has approval to use the parking lot directly across from the park (501 Cherry Ave) AND the Woodard Parking Lot (near GoCo) for the Summer 2024 season.


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Livestream can be found on our FB Page. You can also find a link to the stream at


All vendors MUST be preapproved. Please fill out our vendor request form at