Since the origination of this tournament in 1981, it has continued to attract fans, teams, players, and numerous college scouts for the viewing of basketball competition at itsí best. The late John Seddon, creator of this tournament, wanted to start a basketball tournament for area athletes to compete. After the death of John Seddon, the founder of the Fantasy of Lights Tournament, the retired teachers association continued the tournament. In 2003 Carmen Lozipone took on the responsibility of the tournament. Through him and his staff, the tournament progressed to a 92-team field with 155 games being played in two days at eleven gymnasiums.
John Seddon had many friends and colleagues through the association of basketball. Furthermore, John was involved as a volunteer for the MSU athletic program. One of those well-known friends and colleagues was a man by the name of Carmen Lozipone. For the past 28 years Carmen officiated all levels of basketball. In the mid 1970ís when he began officiating, the pay scale for a junior high game was only $4.00 and $7.00 for a varsity level game. Carmen was recognized as one of the top officials in his field and was chosen to officiate in three high school state tournaments. He also became a Division I college official.
In addition to officiating, Carmen held many positions associated in the field of basketball, including the position of Vice President within his local chapter. However, for the past twenty years he has been well known for holding the title of Assignment Secretary for the Wichita Falls Area Basketball Officials Association (WFABOA). Many coaches and school administrators relied on his dedication, experience, and integrity to provide qualified officials for the Wichita Falls Independent School District and surrounding areas.
Other positions held by Carmen include the District Director for Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO) for six years. He was also elected as the Vice President of TASO for a two-year term.
As Executive Director of the Fantasy of Lights, Carmen is continuously striving to provide excellent competition for our area athletes through this prestigious basketball tournament.