Feb 15, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Portland Trailblazers guard Damian Lillard (0) dunks during the 2014 NBA All Star dunk contest at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Rip City 3-on-3: Trail Blazers Summer Festivites

The Rose City welcomes back a premier 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament next weekend, August 23-24. It is the first time in three years that Portland will host a the Rip City 3-on-3 basketball tournament. This year’s tournament benefits Special Olympics Oregon and should be filled with competition and fun.

Previously known as Street Jam (until the tournament ended in 2011), Rip City 3-on-3 will still be a basketball tournament at heart yet will be completely different in terms of look and feel. The first major change can be seen in management and organization of the event. The Portland Trail Blazers, along with the Rose Quarter management, hired Eventuris to take over operations of the tournament. Eventuris runs one of the most respected (and the largest) 3-on-3 basketball tournaments in the world, Spokane Hoopfest.. They state that over 7,000 teams participate in the tournament which uses 450 courts. That is massive!

This year’s tournament will utilize 50 courts that will be spread throughout the Rose Quarter campus. Everyone is invited to play as they will have divisions for participants of all ages and skill levels. You can register for the event and view the six divisions here. They have extended the registration deadline through August 18th so sign up today! Each player registered for the tournament will receive a ticket to a Trail Blazers preseason game.

The two day tournament will also include a 3-point shootout and a dunk contest. The dunk contest will even have a few Trail Blazers judging the high flying action. The kids can participate in the free youth clinics and have a chance to meet Blaze the Trail Cat. The best part? You don’t have to be registered for the 3-on-3 tournament to partake in the weekend festivities.

It is great to have a summer event back in Portland. Many of you might be like me and you’re ready for basketball to start again. This is a nice way to get back in the basketball spirit during the dreadful summer hiatus. I would encourage all of you to lace up and get down to the Rose Quarter next weekend. If you don’t have a team, go out and enjoy the music, food, and competition anyway. You’ll be glad you did.



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