The Capitol´s dome can be viewed from various points in Olympia making it a one-of-a-kind monument. Its unique placement at the center of the city makes it the perfect spot for a one-of-a-kind event. The first annual Capital City 3on3 basketball tournament takes center stage on the steps of the Capitol during this year´s Lakefair weekend.
“Our basketball courts will be set up on the grounds of the Capitol Campus, explains 90TEN Training Academy’s Robin Johnson. “To be right in the heart of that campus with Lakefair in the background really makes this a unique site.”
Basketball is the focus of the event with teams made up of players of different shapes, sizes, age and abilities. Divisions for the event are split into categories: Elite and Standard. Within those categories, there are divisions for men and women, and the teams are aligned by age. Youth teams will be split by grade level and compete against similar students of age, height and skill.
Join in on the Fun
While the 3on3 basketball games are what draws the majority of the crowd, it’s not the only thing going on. First, there are two events with the entry fee of $5 each, a dunk and three-point contest. Basketball players of all skill levels can compete to see who has the most accurate shot in front of a crowd of adoring fans.
For students, a clinic by renowned basketball coach, Jimmy Anderson, is also happening. Learn the moves of the pros from this head coach of legends like Seattle Super Sonic’s Gary Peyton. The learning experience starts at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday for $5 per student.
Local organizations will line the courts as well. Inspire Physical Therapy will be on-site for first aid. There will be a variety of vendors selling espresso, headbands, massage therapy and food concessions. The Army Reserve will also set up a free obstacle course for community members to compete in agility and precision.
“We want the community to come together,” says Johnson. “3on3 basketball is really for all ages and skill levels. Starting as young as third grade and reaching all the way through retirement, there will be a division represented for competition.”
Registration for teams can be completed on the 90TEN Training Academy website. This event is also looking for volunteers to help run the competition. If you are interested, go to the Capital City website’s volunteer page for more info and to sign up for a shift.