While Olympia’s annual Lakefair, brings in familiar sights and sounds of summer, something new is headed to the hill above the lake. The first annual Capital City 3on3 basketball tournament takes over the Capitol Campus all weekend long.
Having the competition during Lakefair is already unique, but the location of the courts really sets these games apart. “Our basketball courts will be set up on the grounds of the Capitol Campus, explains 90TEN Training Academy, Robin Johnson. “To be right in the heart of that campus with Lakefair in the background really makes this a unique site.”
It´s not just about serious basketball players competing either. Everyone is invited to get involved in this year’s event by splitting teams into leveled divisions. Within those categories, there are divisions for men and women, and the teams are aligned by age. Youth teams will be split by grade level and compete against similar students of age, height, and skill.
Join in on the Fun
If you do not have a team, take a shot with your individual basketball skills during the dunk and 3-point contests. Unsure about your skills? Students can participate in a basketball clinic by renowned coach, Jimmy Anderson. Learn the moves of the pros from this head coach of legends like Seattle Super Sonic’s Gary Peyton and then try them out on the courts.
Shop local with onsite vendors. Many different local organizations will have booths set up to explore including Inspire Physical Therapy, espresso, headbands, massage therapy, and food concessions. The Army Reserve will also set up a free obstacle course for community members to endeavor.
While the focus is seemingly on basketball, there is much more to this event. “We want the community to come together,” says Johnson. “3on3 basketball is really for all ages and skill levels,” says Johnson. “Starting as young as third grade and reaching all the way through retirement, there will be a division represented for competition.”
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.