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Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Set for Friday-Sunday

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OLEAN, NY -- Brackets, basketballs, backboards and bragging rights are all part of the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball tournament scheduled for Friday through Sunday on Delaware Avenue and North Barry streets.

The three-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.

Based on basketball played in driveways throughout the U.S., the tournament 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.

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 The Gus Macker involves more than just basketball. The Olean Gus Macker begins Friday with 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 must be actual employees (or spouse), and at least two members must be females. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., and games start at 6 p.m. (Last year’s corporate sponsor tournament winner was a team from the Southern Tier Agencies.)

The FunFest will include food concessions, the referee meeting and basketball. All courts (besides the ones used for the Sponsors Tournament) will be open. Persons are encouraged to bring their own basketballs and games.

Team registration will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at Covered Wagon Offices, 528 N. Barry St. The Gus Macker Olean committee encourages all local players to register Friday, but registration will continue Saturday from 7 a.m.-noon.

Saturday's ceremonies will take place at the top men’s court. Features will include ng the national anthem sung by Leslie Moffet and the blessings of the basketballs by the Rev. Nila Mcintyre, assistant pastor Hillside Wesleyan Church. The tap and dance competition team from the Neighborhood School of Dance will do a routine to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."

Once Mayor William Aiello, a Gus Macker Olean committee member, attempts the official "DO-OR-DIE Shot," the Gus Macker will begin.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Olean-Bradford YMCA will sponsor a KidZone with inflatables. 

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

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

Special visitors, the Genesee Valley ROBOJAGS, will have high-school-student-made robots compete in an obstacle course Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The major sponsors of this year’s tournament are the 50 corporate partners of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, who 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 info@oleanny.com.

 

Gus Macker Olean schedule:

Friday

            4-7 p.m. -- Team registration, Covered Wagon garage

            6-8 p.m. -- Corporate Cup basketball games

            8 p.m. --     Ref meeting, offsite

Saturday

            7 a.m.- -- Team registration, Covered Wagon garage

            7:45 a.m. -- Opening ceremonies, Top Men’s Court

            8 a.m.-6 p.m. -- Gus Macker Games

            9 a.m.-- Dream Court Games begin

            11 a.m.-3 p.m. -- Bounce Inflatables (sponsored by the Olean-Bradford YMCA) 

            6 p.m. -- Slam Dunk Competition, Macker players only

Sunday

            8 a.m.-6 p.m. Gus Macker Games

            9 a.m. -- Dream Court Games Resume

           11 a.m.-3 p.m. -- Bounce Inflatables (sponsored by the Olean-Bradford YMCA) 

            11 a.m.-5 p.m. -- As courts finish games, awards will be presented

More information

Brackets and players list can be found online www.macker.com

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