By TESA GLASS email@example.com
---- — MT. VERNON — Family activities in addition to 3 on 3 basketball have been added to the upcoming Gus Macker 3 on 3 Tournament.
“We decided the basketball tournament is great, but we want something for the entire family to do while at the basketball festival,” said Bonnie Jerdon, member of the Mt. Vernon Festivals Committee. “We have added things for younger children, just girls, people who think they can slam dunk, a family hot shot contest and more. I think we’ve covered the entire family.”
The Gus Macker 3 on 3 Tournament will take place June 7, 8 and 9 at Times Square Mall. The tournament is designed so anyone can play — young and old, experienced and beginners. Teams are matched into male and female divisions according to junior, adult or top categories, with the age, height and experience of all four players considered. Teams are guaranteed three scheduled games during the double elimination tournament with a consolation “Toilet Bowl” bracket for teams losing the first two games.
The tournament will benefit the United Way of South Central Illinois.
Events beside the tournament include the “Hoopster Happy Feet Area” which is a children’s area sponsored by Kingdom Seed Ministries with small goals and basketball activities for children. The Long Distance Shoot Out will be held, with an entry fee charged which will be split 50/50 with the winner at the end of the day; a Miss Spirit of Illinois Pageant with proceeds going to the MS Hope Team and His Kids; the Best Dressed Team Award for all teams; 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 years; a Slam Dunk Contest for all ages; and the Family Hot Shot Contest.
“The Family Hot Shot Contest will have members of a family shooting from different areas of the court to see how many points they can get in one minute,” Jerdon explained. “Lay-ups count for one point, the three point area is three points and all other areas count for two points on shots made.”
For information about the events, or how to participate in the tournament, contact the Tourism Department at 242-3151.