WHAT: HoopFest, a 3-on-3 street basketball tournament.

WHERE: In the streets of downtown Little Rock.

WHEN: June 12 and 13, 1999.

CONCEPT: Basketball courts will be set up in the parking lots and streets of downtown Little Rock. Competition will take place between 8:30 am and 6:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of three games in the double elimination tournament.

HOW: Each team of four players (three players and one substitute) will submit registration forms and a registration fee based on date of registration. The teams will be placed in various divisions based on age, height and experience.

EXPECTATIONS: It is expected 1500 teams, 5500 players and 1000 volunteers will take part in HoopFest '99.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Southwestern Bell
The Point 94.1 FM, TALK103.7, St. Vincent Health System, Aqua Fina Water, Budweiser, KATV Channel 7, Dillard's, Pepsi and Comcast Cablevision of Arkansas.

CHARITIES: Humane Society of Pulaski County, Prevention of Child Abuse, Little Rock Municipal Court Community Service Program, Multiple Sclerosis, Fellowship of Christian Officials, Historic Preservance Alliance of Arkansas, Dorcas House, Union Rescue Mission & UAMS.

CHAIRMAN: Valentine Hansen, 663-HOOP (4667)

"Back in 1974 in the small town of Lowell, Michigan (population 5,600) 3-on-3 basketball was born. The Gus Macker started with 17 friends playing 3-on-3 to decide who was the best team. Now the Gus Macker tournament has grown to 5,100 teams (20,400 players) played each July in the town of Belding, Michigan.
"Since then 3-on-3 basketball tournaments have sprung up all over the nation. In 1987, some friends from Dallas wanted me to come play in a 3-on-3 tournament. After my trip to Dallas, I came up with the idea to bring 3-on-3 basketball to Little Rock.
"Together with Wally Hall, Estel Jeffery and the many great sponsors and volunteers, Little Rock now is home to the fourth largest 3-on-3 tournament in the country. This is a great tribute to the city of Little Rock and the people of Arkansas. Even though we are not the largest, we are the best 3-on-3 tournament in the country.
"Each year, we strive to make HoopFest the best 3-on-3 tournament in the nation and together with the help of super people and sponsors, we realize our goal."

-- Valentine Hansen



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