4:00PM-7:00PM - Registration at Kunes Country Showroom inside the Northland Mall
Courts Open for Practice/Fun
7:00AM - 12:00PM Registration at Kunes Country Showroom inside Northland Mall
8:00AM Opening Ceremonies
8:30AM Games Begin
ALL DAY - 3-Point Competition
ALL DAY - Free Throw Competition
6:00PM 3-Point Finals
Slam Dunk Contest (immediately following)
4:00PM - 6:00PM Games Wrap up
Get Excited sauk valley! Dig out your hoop shoes and get your game ready!
Gus Macker, the always-popular, family festival of fun and 3-on-3 basketball, is returning to Sterling after a nearly 10-year hiatus.
It is presented by April House Children’s Advocacy Center of Whiteside County as a fundraiser for its mission of continuing to help child victims of mental, sexual and physical abuse serving the entire Whiteside County, and the action is planned forat Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway in Sterling.
As in the past, all ages are welcome to play against teams with similar age, height and experience. The biggest change from Macker tournaments of the past is that all courts will have professional basketball officials. It’s a kinder, gentler game at Macker these days having evolved from the practice of calling your own fouls.
In addition to the usual courts for men and women of all ages, the kids from ages 5 to 13 will get some special attention on the popular Dream Court. On Dream Court various teams get the chance to play in front of a live announcer on the sound system complete with introductions, a run through the tunnel of fans, special prizes and even post-game interviews.
April House came close to shutting down four years ago due to a lack of state funding and mounting bills, but fundraisers and community donations saved the day. Bringing back Gus Macker is part of that continuing effort, and the early response has been positive. At its largest the previous Macker tournaments in Sterling attracted as many as 1,400 teams. April House is hoping to attract at least 300 teams this year with a goal of spreading awareness of the facility.
Volunteers, at least 150 for each day of the tournament, are needed for security, keeping score, setup and registration. Walmart has partnered with the tournament to send employees via itsVolunteerism Always Pays program. Walmart donates an hourly wage back to April House, almost as if the employees were paid to work that day.
Learn more about Macker tournaments and register your team for Sterling at macker.com by clicking on the Sterling tournament box. Deadline for registration is .
Those who wish to volunteer visit shawurl.com/311k
Contact Kristina Kaecker of April House at 815-625-6300 for more information.
Get excited Sauk Valley! Gus Macker is back!