GALLIPOLIS — Gallia’s three-on-three basketball tournament, The Hoop Project, will be returning July 15 and 16 with age brackets for children and on into adulthood.
The Hoop Project has traditionally been a double-elimination style tournament bracket. The deadline to register is July 10 at 6 p.m. Referees will be available for every game and professional medical staff will be on hand.
Players are guaranteed three games minimum on 50 by 50-foot courts. Gams will have two 15-minute halves with five minutes of half-time. Up to six players are allowed per team. The Hoop Project’s Slam Dunk Contest will also be making its return with $1,000 as a cash prize. The Men’s Open Division will have a $2,500 cash prize with its winner.
Brackets will be available for individuals 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18, 19-35, 36 and up. The Men’s Open Division is its own category as well.
The event was originally organized by the Downtown Revitalization Project with a goal to generate revenue for local businesses and provide entertainment to attract visitors to Gallipolis.
“We’re really looking forward to our fifth year anniversary,” said event organizer Robbie Pugh. “We’re hoping for record numbers and great weather. In the first year, we had 65 teams sign up, then 75, then 115 and last year we had 155. So, we’re expecting around 200 teams this year, hopefully. It just gets bigger every year.”
Pugh said this would be the first year prize money was offered for the men’s open division. The event will also utilize a mobile app called Tourney Machine to help organize brackets, schedules and game notifications for the day of the event. Cash prizes, by tournament rules, can not be given to high school or college athletes.
Through its history, the tournament has attracted teams from across Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and parts of North Carolina.
For more information, visit TheHoopProject.com or visit The Hoop Project on Facebook.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.