(Beaver Dam) Wayland Academy is hosting a basketball tournament this weekend that will celebrate a group’s long standing commitment to provide sport activities focused on Christian values for youth. The Lutheran Teens Athletic Association is marking their 50th year in existence since the tournament series began in 1967. League Director Jim Dorst says LTAA’s roots are planted in Beaver Dam. He says Lynn Carlson, who was a member of First Lutheran in Beaver Dan, founded LTAA by asking neighboring churches if they were interested in setting up a league for boys. Dorst says in the early 1990’s a girls league was established. This year’s tournament will feature 10 boys teams and 5 girls teams. The event began Friday, will run through both Saturday and Sunday and will feature a championship game at its conclusion. Dorst says the public is welcomed to attend the free event but adds that free-will offerings would be appreciated. He says it is extremely rare for the LTAA to last as long as it has and is thanks to the support from volunteers who have a passion to work with area youth. Dorst says past players and supporters are encouraged to attend the tournament so they can be recognized. He says there will be table’s setup showing the past history of the LTAA and the other sport offerings they have provided including softball, volleyball, and bowling. Dorst says if there are groups looking to start a team with LTAA to reach out to him at 920-533-5317.