Monday, August 9, 2010

{hoop jam heats up}

Thirty-five more teams turned out this year for Saturday's three-on-three Hoop Jam basketball tournament, bringing the total to a record 185 teams.

"We expect this to just continue to grow," said Ryan Graves, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Albany, which took over the annual fundraiser in 2007. All tournament proceeds help fund programs at the club.

Boys and girls from all over the Willamette Valley competed in six age brackets through most of Saturday at the North Albany Village shopping center. Championship games are expected to wrap up about 2 p.m. today.

Hoop Jam takes a small army of volunteers, from referees to scorekeepers to waterboys. Close to 300 were on hand for Saturday's games alone.

"This gives a lot of high school kids he opportunity to volunteer," Graves said.

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