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Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball tournament is coming back to Gaylord June 25, 26
By Dave Baragrey
GAYLORD – Gus Macker Basketball is returning to Gaylord, June 25, 26, 2022
Gus Macker Tournaments are designed for basketball players who love the fun of the driveway game – male or female, from age 7 to 70-plus, short and tall, the most experienced or those with little or no experience who just want to play.
Gaylord first hosted the Gus Macker tournament in 1991. Then Gaylord Chamber of Commerce director, Bill Wishart, was a basketball fan and referee and connected with the McNeal brothers to bring this popular basketball tournament to the Alpine Village. At the height of its popularity the Gaylord Gus Macker tournament hosted as many as 5,000 players and an estimated additional 20,000 fans. Gaylord hosted the Gus Macker tournament for 15 years until 2006.
The tournament is coming back to Gaylord under the direction of James Vanderveer, director of the Otsego County Sportsplex. Vanderveer is a long time registered basketball referee and has officiated state tournament and college games. The tournament will be held in the parking lot of the Sportsplex. Vanderveer commented, "I am excited to have Gus Macker return to Gaylord. A tournament like this brings a lot of excitement to the community and to the sport of basketball. This will inspire young people to enjoy being outdoors with a basketball in their hand. This a great wholesome, fun event. I am thrilled to have it return to Gaylord.”
This year, 2022, is the 49th year of Gus Macker Basketball. For the first 13 years it was a single tournament started by a pair of brothers and their friends in Lowell, Mich., in 1974 but became a festival phenomenon and America’s Original 3-on-3 Basketball Tour in 1987.
Through the years there have been almost 1,500 sanctioned Gus Macker Tournaments presented for over 700,000 teams or almost 2.7 million players and played in front of almost 28 million spectators across the country.
Teams are computer-matched into male and female divisions in one of three categories: Junior, Adult, or Top. The age, height and experience of all four players on each team are considered in bracketing. Teams receive at least three scheduled games each tournament. Gus Macker is a double-elimination tournament, but with a consolation bracket historically called “The Toilet Bowl” for teams that lose the first two games.
In addition to the economic impact of bringing thousands of players and fans into the community, the charitable aspect of the Gus Macker Tournament is very important. At each tournament site the local organizing committee donates proceeds from their event to a local charity or charities. Also, in many cities local non-profit clubs, groups and organizations raise funds through on-site food concession sales, special events and other on-site activities. The total amount donated to local charities by the local committees has steadily increased over the past few years. Gus Macker estimates that since 1987 - approximately $16 million has been raised for worthwhile local charities.
Family fun in a festival atmosphere is always the goal of a Gus Macker Tournament, and we proudly serve as the most popular basketball tournament for outdoor play in downtown streets, parking lots and community parks across the country.
Learn more and register your team at macker.com. Online Registration deadline is June 6.