|July 4, 2013
Spokane Hoopfest attracts people far and wide
By Alyssa Nenemay
Spokane Hoopfest is the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world, shutting down 42 city blocks downtown Spokane.
SPOKANE ó The Spokane Hoopfest Association hosted its 23rd annual summer basketball festival this past weekend. Accommodating over 7,000 teams, Spokane Hoopfest is the largest 3-on-3 Tournament in world. With 456 courts, the festival shut down 42-city blocks downtown Spokane and several teams from the Flathead Reservation traveled three hours to play.
One of the festivalís highlights includes the center court which features elite level games.
Spokane Hoopfest developed as one of the first 3-on-3 tournaments outside of the Midwest. Through the collaboration of two groups, the basketball festival was established in 1990 and has grown into an annual $38 million economical boost for the city. Staying true to its fundraising roots, the Spokane Hoopfest organization has donated over $1.8 million dollars to charity, including the Special Olympics.Aside from the game, Hoopfest offers attendees several activities including the Toyota Shoot Out where participants have an opportunity to win a car and menís elite games on the center courts, which attracts some of the best street players in the US.
(L-R) Dallas Durheim, Randy Finley Jr., Leonard Burke Jr., Levi Trahan of the Ronan Chiefs traveled from the Flathead Reservation to play in Spokane Hoopfest.
The tournament hosts eight categories and entry fees range from $108 to $168. Next yearís festival will take place on June 28 and 29, registrations are due by May 6. For more information visit www.spokanehoopfest.net.
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