The Capitol Campus is known for many things: passing legislation, taking votes and writing laws to just name a few. This summer, we can add playing basketball to that growing list when the first Capital City 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament takes over the campus during the 61st anniversary of the event of the summer for Olympia, Lakefair, on July 14-15, 2018.
Teams of three take to the unique courts that will be set up at the steps of the Capitol. “To be right in the heart of that campus with Lakefair in the background really makes this a unique site,” explains 90TEN Training Academy Owner, Robin Johnson. “This is our first year so we are hoping the whole community will join in on the fun.”
In order to get as many people involved in this first year, teams are split into several different divisions. Within the categories of Elite and Standard, they are further divided by age, height, and level of experience to create the most equal matches possible.
If players want a chance to show off their individual skills, there is a competition for that. First, for the cost of $5, players can show off their dunking skills on a standard height basketball hoop. Also, there will be a three-point contest. Anyone from any age or skill level can compete in these competitions for a prize. There is also a youth clinic offered for those looking to improve their learning on Saturday for the low price of $5 to learn new moves on the court by legendary head coach, Jimmy Anderson.
To make sure spectators can get involved with the event even after the games, it goes beyond the main attraction of basketball. Many local organizations will have booths set up to explore. Inspire Physical Therapy will be on-site for first aid. There will be vendors selling espresso, headbands, massage therapy, and food concessions. The Army Reserve will have a free obstacle course for community members to duck, dive, and jump through.
There is much more to this event than just the basketball games. “Starting as young as third grade and reaching all the way through retirement, there will be a division represented for competition,” says Johnson. ¨We want it to be an all-ages community event with the purpose of bringing us together.”
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.