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The Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament is designed so that anyone can play: male or female, young and old, short and tall, the most experienced or no experience at all. This maintains the purity and integrity of the driveway game.
Since 1987, the Macker tour has expanded, holding a total of 972 tournaments with over 2.2 million players – male and female from 7 years old to 50+ - and more than 23 million spectators.Learn More
Rodney Hart, in Gus Macker World, has all the angles covered.
He has experienced Gus Macker Basketball in multiple ways – maniac player, media maven, managing organizer and the music man who walks out of Second String Music in downtown Quincy, Ill., one weekend each year to find a Dream Court bustling with basketball.
His first exposure was in Belding, 1988.
“I remember following Gus (Scott McNeal) around and behind him there is like 40 people following the Pied Piper,” he said. “It was incredible. I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast, but I remember that scene, that controlled chaos of my first Macker and I loved every minute of it.”
Hart was born and raised in Canada, moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., and graduated from high school at Grand Rapids Christian before graduating from Central Michigan University. He was a journalist by trade, though a guitar player singer, too, and helped start a Macker Tournament in Alpena, Mich., when he worked as a sports editor at the local paper.
Journalism took him to Quincy in 1996, too. He became sports editor at the Herald Whig newspaper, and he admitted that part of the reason he was willing to make the move was a well-established Macker happened each summer.
“I volunteered, I worked as Gus Buster, my daughter played, and I got to know Gus better each time,” he said. “Later, I left the paper and started working with my wife Sheryl in the music store and playing music around the area. There’s quite an arts scene in addition to all the other great things about Quincy.”
Macker will visit Quincy for a 26th consecutive time this year, and Hart, who has also previously worked for Gus Macker basketball as a tournament organizer in the Midwest, has answered the call of Gus Macker again.
“I’m back in, helping the national staff with this tournament and a few more this year,” he said. “My wife told I should do it. She said she knows I love it. She even promised to miss me as long as I leave.”
Hart is a kidder, always ready to laugh, smile and play some hoops. Harty Har Har Hart is a calling card. He writes a daily blog to keep his hand in that art called Hartyrr.com. It’s a Macker must-read.
Gus Macker calls him a unique, funny, great guy who fits the Macker personality perfectly.
“Rodney knows what we are all about, and he adds a level of fun to everything he does,” Gus said. “He’s done everything, too. Interesting guy. Great for Quincy.”
Hart takes no credit for the Quincy event. He calls the local Exchange Club organizing group the super group behind it all.
“They have it down perfectly now, they understand how much work it is, they involve the entire community and it is just a great event,” Hart said. “My role with them is to let them do their jobs. I’ll help put out any fires, but otherwise these guys are the greatest.”
Hart, the music man, said it helps to march to a different beat when working with Macker.
“You have to deal with change, go with the flow some, be organized and let people do their thing,” he said. “Gus gives you a great framework, and if a tournament has a committed local crew it works.
Hart feels Gus Macker works as a traveling basketball tournament because of the passion and abilities of Gus Macker.
“I never met anybody like Scott McNeal before,” he said. “You imagine he winds up in the morning when he gets up at 5, and then he never runs out.
“I remember one night in Lafayette, Ind., on a Friday night, and we had some challenges as a staff,” he said. “It was getting late, about 9 or 9:30 and Scott eases the tension by grabbing a basketball. He does this thing where he dribbles and shoots this shot from the corner and hits nothing but net. And he keeps shooting them, and makes like 10 in a row.
“Of course, he never passes. He’s a shooter. I think he threw me a pass once – once.”
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About Gus Macker
The Original Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament was started in 1974 by Scott McNeal (alias Gus Macker) on his parents’ driveway basketball court in Lowell, Michigan.
About Gus Macker
The Macker Tournament is designed so that anyone can play: male or female, young and old, short and tall, the most experienced or no experience at all. This maintains the purity and integrity of the driveway game. Since 1987, the Macker tour has expanded, holding a total of 972 tournaments with over 2.2 million players – male and female from 7 years old to 50+ - and more than 23 million spectators.
Teams are computer-matched into male and female divisions within one of the following categories: Junior, Adult, or Top. The age, height and experience of all four (4) players are considered. Teams receive at least three (3) scheduled games each tournament. The Macker is a double elimination tournament with a consolation bracket: the “Toilet Bowl” for teams losing their first two games. A GusBuster maintains law and order on each court and calls all fouls and violations in the Junior Divisions.
The History of Gus Macker
The Original Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament was started in 1974 by Scott McNeal (alias Gus Macker) on his parents’ driveway basketball court in Lowell, Michigan. It started with 18 friends playing competitively for $18.
The tournament continued to grow and in 1987 moved from Lowell to Belding and took to the road because of a tremendous demand from communities outside of the home base.
The “Gus Macker All- World Tour” was greeted with enthusiasm and spectacular news coverage in every area. Over 10,400 players participated in five cities in that first year. Since 1987, the Macker Tournaments has expanded, holding both indoor and outdoor tournament in over 75 cities and with over 200,000 players and 1.7 million spectators enjoying 3-on-3 competition and family fun each year.