By TESA GLASS firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — MT. VERNON — The team sign-up deadline for the Max Hoopster Gus Macker 3-on-3 Tournament has been extended.
"We want to give everyone the opportunity to participate," said Bonnie Jerdon, member of the Mt. Vernon Festivals Committee. "We're in the final push for teams."
The tournament will be held June 7, 8 and 9 at Times Square Mall. This year's event is the first one to be held in the King City, and plans are to make it an annual event.
The festival committee is seeking teams of four players each to participate, with teams being matched into male and female divisions according to junior, adult or top categories with age, height and experience of all four team members considered.
Each team is guaranteed three scheduled games during the double elimination tournament with a consolation "toilet bowl" bracket for teams losing the first two games.
A portion of the proceeds from the sign-up fee will go to support the United Way of South Central Illinois.
In addition to the 3-on-3 tournament, additional activities scheduled include the Hoopster Happy Feet area for children; the Long Distance Shootout with the entry fee split 50/50 with the winner at the end of the day; a Miss Spirit of Illinois Pageant with proceeds going to MS Hope Team and His Kids; the Best Dressed Team award for all teams participating; a three-point contest for male, female, 18 and older and younger than 18 years; a Dinky Dunk Contest with an 8-foot rim for those under the age of 18; a Slam Dunk Contest for all ages; and the Family Hot Shot Contest.
For additional information or to sign up a team, contact Jerdon at 242-3151 or go online to www.macker.com.