Basketball is a winter sport (if you are relying on high school schedules) and even the NBA is done with their post-season activities. All of the hoopla over Gonzaga University b-ball has died down and there wasn’t a snowflake in sight over the weekend. Thunderstorms and raindrops on Saturday — yes, definitely — but no snowflakes!
But that only meant that things were heating up for Hoopfest.
Since 1990, Spokane, Washington, has been the host of Hoopfest — the world’s largest 3-on-3 basketball competition — 42 city blocks of 450 half-court hoops being played by more than 7,000 teams. It is organized basketball mayhem. And while this year is the 24th Hoopfest, it was my first opportunity to go down and see the action.
My boys don’t shoot hoops but my nephews definitely do, so we hit the pavement and spent a few hours downtown on this hot weekend.
Fans needed (an estimated 225,000 of them!) for all of this hot action.