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Macker Officials Extend Deadline for Olean Tournament

OLEAN, NY -- Macker officials from the organizations headquarters in Belding, Michigan, have extended the deadline for Olean registration.  Entries are still being accepted for the Olean Gus Macker Basketball Tournament.  The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is calling for visitors, students and community members to sign up for the August 18-20 Gus Macker three-on-three basketball tournament.

Entry deadline for teams interested in this year’s tournament are Sunday, August 6 at 11:59 PM for applications that are submitted on-line for internet entries.  To register on-line, go to The entry fee must accompany the team application and paid by credit card.  The entry fee for four player teams is $132.  The Chamber anticipates having over 250 teams and 9,000 spectators from a 100-mile radius to attend the 3-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, 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.  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- and second- and third trophies. Also teams that finish last in their divisions could receive “Toilet bowl” trophies. 

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

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