OLEAN, N.Y. — Entries are still being accepted for the Olean Gus Macker Basketball Tournament. The Olean High School Sports Boosters and the Olean City School District Foundation are calling for visitors, students and community members to sign up for the Aug. 15-17 Gus Macker three-on-three basketball tournament.
Entry deadline for teams interested in this year’s tournament are Monday, Aug. 4 at MIDNIGHT for applications that are submitted by mail AND for Internet entries. To register online, go to www.macker.com or mail an application to Gus Macker Application, P.O. Box 70, Greenville, MI 48838. No faxed application forms will be accepted. The entry fee must accompany the team application and can be paid by check or credit card. The entry fee for four-player teams is $132.
The two groups anticipate having over 300 teams and 10,000 spectators from a 100-mile radius to attend the three-day event and see this as a great opportunity to showcase Olean.
The tournament will take place on Delaware Avenue and North Barry streets in Olean, N.Y. 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.
Primarily based on their age and level of experience, players will be placed in divisions where they will be most evenly matched. Depending on the number of teams placed in a specific division, players and the teams they’re on will be playing for first-, second- and third-place trophies. Also, teams that finish last in their divisions could receive “Toilet Bowl” trophies.
The charter members of the Gus Macker Olean are Park Centre Development, CUTCO/Ka-Bar Visitors Center and the Kinley Corporation.
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 John Irving at (716) 397-8223 or Laurie Aloi at (716) 378-1875.