The Rose Quarter played host last weekend to more than 500 teams during this year’s Rip City 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament presented by Les Schwab Tire Centers, the most in the three-year history of the event. Coming off this year’s successful competition, next year’s tournament is already scheduled for July 29-30, 2017.
“Each tournament seems to get bigger and better than the last, and this year’s event was no different,” said Chris McGowan, President & CEO of the Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter. “With the support of our teams, fans and partners, we were proud to raise $31,320 for Special Olympics Oregon.”
In addition to competitive basketball in categories for men, women and youth across all ability levels, fans enjoyed special events and guests throughout the weekend. The surprises began when Trail Blazers Allen Crabbe and Meyers Leonard shocked the kids at the Nike Kids Clinic with tips and tricks from members of the hometown team.
Once the Portlandbasketball.com 3-Point Shootout took to Center Court, Trail Blazers Radio Broadcaster Brian Wheeler assumed his rightful place behind the microphone. “Wheels” then lent his voice to the much-anticipated Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, which featured guest judges Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts, Television Broadcasters Adam Bjaranson and Michael Holton, and Alumni Ambassadors Bob Gross and Brian Grant.
The tournament was organized and managed by Eventuris, which was founded by the long-time producers of the largest 3-on-3 tournament in the world. Proceeds for Special Olympics Oregon included a $25,000 cash contribution from the Trail Blazers and $6,320 from Dutch Bros Coffee.
“The 2016 Rip City 3-on-3 was more than a slam dunk,” said Margie Hunt, CEO of Special Olympics Oregon. “It was a home run, a touchdown and a soccer hat trick all in one! What a weekend! And what a privilege to partner with this state’s NBA franchise, the Portland Trail Blazers, in bringing this exciting and important community event that benefits not only Special Olympics Oregon, but all who love the great game of basketball statewide. This is the power of hoops at its best!”
This year’s tournament was made possible by presenting sponsor Les Schwab Tire Centers. Other partners include Nike, Sprite, Dutch Bros Coffee, Metro West Ambulance, Ticketmaster, CenturyLink, Energy Trust of Oregon and the City of Portland. Photo highlights from this year’s tournament can be found here.
Eventuris is led by the management team of Rick Steltenpohl and Aaron Magner, who between them have nearly 50 years of experience in planning and operating the most successful and renowned 3-on-3 basketball events in the country. To reach Eventuris, please call us at 877-314-0992 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Les Schwab Tire Centers
Les Schwab Tire Centers (www.lesschwab.com) is one of the leading independent tire dealers in the United States, with more than 7,000 employees and more than 450 locations throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado. The company has been recognized for its business practices through several awards, including a Milestone award from the Oregon Sustainability Board, Oregon Economic and Community Development Department honors, an Environmental Excellence award from the Association of Washington Business, an Integrity Counts award from the Northern Idaho Better Business Bureau, and The Oregonian 2012, 2013 and 2014 Top Workplace recognition.
About Special Olympics Oregon
Special Olympics Oregon serves the largest disability population in the state. It provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Special Olympics Oregon is Training for Life. For more information, visit www.soor.org and engage with us on Social Media: Twitter & Facebook @SOORstate | Instagram @specialolympicsoregon.