State Rep. Vernon G. Smith (D-Gary) said pre-registration for the Back-to-School Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament is underway. The tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. and finish by 4 p.m. during the Back-to-School Jamboree Saturday, Sept. 14 on the Indiana University Northwest (IU Northwest) Campus.
“The tournament is one of the best 3-on-3 competitions in the region,” said Dr. Smith. “It is a good way to showcase one’s talent. You never know who is watching the games. I would recommend pre-registration so that teams are guaranteed a slot for this extremely popular tournament.”
Dr. Smith said he can be reached at 887-2046. One can also stop by the Beautiful Things store at 3570 Village Court in Gary to get an application.
The tournament features numerous divisions, based on age and gender. The $30 team pre-registration fee covers the cost of trophies and other prizes. Dr. Smith urged early registration, because on-site registration will be $45. Each three-on-three player will receive a free t-shirt, free lunch and a backpack with school supplies. Winning teams in each category will receive a trophy. The tournament will be held inside the IU Northwest Savannah Hall Gymnasium.
There will be other events for students of all ages. For younger children, the Jamboree will feature finger painting, a drawing contest, and face painting. For the older ones, there will be a Double Dutch Jump Rope Contest, a video game tournament, and a dance contest. A DJ will provide music for dancing from noon – 4:00 p.m. inside Savannah Hall Auditorium. For those who love movies, a film festival will run from 10 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Area agencies will have exhibit booths and pass out information about what those organizations offer students. Booths are available for rental to groups that offer youth services or have products to sell. Dr. Smith may be contacted at 219-887-2046 for more information.
The Jamboree is sponsored by Dr. Smith; the African-American Achievers Youth Corps, Inc.; the I.U. Dons, Inc.; Indiana University Northwest; Haywood & Fleming Associates Insurance Agency; the Gary Crusader; the 411 News; Geminus Corporation; Fresh County Market; Familia Dental; Literacy Foundation, Lil Lou’s Beauty and Barber College, ArcelorMittal, BP Amoco, Majestic Star Hotel and Casino, and U.S. Steel.