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May 13, 2014 > Union City hosts 3-on-3 Tournament

Union City hosts 3-on-3 Tournament

Submitted By Timothy Swenson

Union CityÕs Youth and Family Services (YFS) hosted the 3rd Annual 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Tournament on April 26 at Contempo Park. Despite rain the previous day, the event day turned out to be a cool, breezy, but sunny day for the basketball players.

Ten teams of four players signed up for the tournament, aiming for a winnerÕs spot in one of two age brackets. The play was spirited and by using only half a court, it was quite quick paced. There were a number of onlookers watching the games, including a few parent coaches calling out advice to their teams.

Each court had a referee and a score keeper, tracking the games. YFS staff managed the playersÕ booth where scores and schedules were managed. Other YFS staff managed a DJ booth where announcements were made and music played during the games. The last group of YFS staff members handled the food booth where hot dogs, popcorn and drinks were available. For those that were too young to play, there was an inflatable jump house.

The teams were signed up in two age brackets, 12-17 and 18-24. Each team could play 3 persons at one time, with the 4th person available for rotation. The tournament was a two game elimination, meaning that each team was able to play two games before any elimination took place. Players were students and youth from within the boundaries of New Haven Unified School District, including southern Hayward.

For safety, six members of the Bay Area Youth EMT Program were on-hand in case of any injuries. With everyone playing safe, the EMT members were able to get some playing time in, between tournament games. The EMT students attended as volunteers as part of their EMT training program.

FilipinoÕs Advocates for Justice attended and manned a booth with free water for the players. Despite the cooler temperatures, hydration was still a concern.

Event organizer, Larry Ewings said that the purpose of the tournament was Òto reach out to the youth in our community and was a way to let the public know who we are as a program, the services we provide, and how they could get in touch with us with our several locations throughout the city.Ó

Although the City of Union City organized the tournament, it would not have been possible with-out a number of sponsoring organizations that made monetary or in-kind donations. These sponsors were LionÕs Club, OlaÕs Coffee, Janet and Jeazelle Marques, Golden State Warriors, Union City Sports Center, Mr. Kebab, Texas Roadhouse, Roundtable Pizza, Pasta Pomodoro, Baskin Robbins, Starbucks, Safeway, Pure Water, iFly, and Sign-o-Rama.

At the end of the day, one team from each age bracket took home the prize. For the 12-17 age bracket, the winners were the Toros, comprised of Devontay Burton, Andrew Martinez, Xavier Alvarado, and Daniel Rojas.

The winners for the 18-24 age bracket were the Monstars, comprised of Kelsey McKean, Keiland Callum, and Ashley Sorenson.

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