FLINT – Thousands of Muslims from around the world are expected in Flint next week for a sports convention with a strong family flavor.

Hanifi Abdul-Malik, head of the Muslim House of Flint, said it will be the first time Flint has hosted the convention that has been held in major cities across the United States during its 24-year history. Detroit hosted the event last year.

The convention will be held Friday-July 16 headquartered at the Perani Arena and Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, but some athletic events will be held off-site. The closing program on July 16 will be at Ballenger Park, 1201 Dupont St.


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