Brackets, basketballs, backboards and bragging rights are all part of the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball tournament held the weekend in Olean, August 18-20.  The 3-day event, organized by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, is open to players of all ages and experience levels who are computer-matched by age, height and experience so that all participants can be competitive. The event, first held in Lowell, Michigan in 1974, is a family festival with food and music along with the basketball competition.

The tournament will take place on Delaware Avenue and North Barry Streets in Olean, NY.  The tournament, based on basketball played in driveways throughout the U.S., will include players who have no experience to those who have played college and semi-professional basketball. Depending on the number of teams placed in a specific division, players and the teams they’re on will be playing for first- and second- and third trophies. Also teams that finish last in their divisions could receive “Toilet bowl” trophies.

MORE THAN JUST BASKETBALL — The Gus Macker is more than just basketball. FUNFEST–Olean Gus Macker has scheduled Friday, August 18 as a FunFest.  The Sponsors Corporate Cup is for all sponsors who would like to participate in a mini 3 on 3 basketball tourney.  The players on your team must be actual employees (or spouse), and consist of at least 2 females.   Registration begins at 5:30 PM, games starts at 6 PM.  Last year’s corporate sponsor tournament winner was a team from the Southern Tier Agencies  Who will have the bragging rights this year?

The FunFest will also include food concessions, the referee meeting, and basketball.  All courts (besides the ones used for the Sponsors Tournament) will be open – bring your basketball down and your game!

Team registration will take place from 4 – 7 PM at Covered Wagon Offices, 528 North Barry Street, Olean.  The Gus Macker Olean committee encourages all local players to register Friday.  Saturday registration continues from 7 AM – Noon.

OPENING CEREMONIES — Saturday, August 19, ceremonies will take place at the top men’s court featuring the national anthem sung by Leslie Moffet and the blessings of the basketballs by Reverend Nila Mcintyre, asst. pastor Hillside Wesleyan Church. Also, the tap and dance competition team from the Neighborhood School of Dance will do a routine to the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.

Mayor William Aiello Gus Macker Olean committee member will try and make the official DO-OR-DIE Shot.  Once the shot is made, the Gus Macker will begin!  The Olean-Bradford YMCA will be sponsoring a KidZone both days with inflatables.

DREAM COURT — The Dream Court will return for its tenth year appearance at the Olean Macker.  The Dream Court is a specially-designed red, white and blue All-American themed court with a synthetic court surface, like the Top Men’s and Women’s Courts.  Color commentators announce games on the Dream Court.  Teams are selected at random to play on the court.

FOOD CONCESSIONS: Food will be provided Saturday and Sunday by Sparky’s Pizza, Sinfully Delicious, Good Times Events Center and Goode Foods.

SPECIAL CONTEST–Gus Macker players will participate in the Grand Slam Grill Slam Dunk Competition with the rounds taking place Saturday around 6 PM on the Top Men’s Court.

SPECIAL VISITORS – Genesee Valley ROBOJAGS will be down Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  They will have their high school student made robots compete in an obstacle course.  They will also hand out a buttons.

The major sponsors of this year’s tournament are the 50 corporate partners of the Chamber.  They fronted the $10,000 franchise fee to bring the tourney to town.     Organizers also are looking for volunteers to keep score, serve as referees, assist with water and food distribution, and help set up and tear down.  To volunteer or for more information, please contact the Chamber at 716-372-4433 or

Schedule, brackets and players list can be found online