Large speakers throughout Downtown Spokane tremble with the beautiful sound of our national anthem and for a moment the city streets below are quiet and still. As the last note is brilliantly sung, a man comes on the loud system and says, "Play tough, play fair, play ball!" On cue, thousands of basketballs hit the pavement and teams line up to begin their early morning games. The "Greatest Basketball Weekend on Earth" can now commence — Spokane Hoopfest 2010.
This past weekend, Steven, Peter, and I found ourselves in Spokane for the 21st annual Spokane Hoopfest three-on-three basketball tournament. With almost 7,000 teams registered to play and approximately 28,000 participants, Hoopfest's 21st birthday was the biggest one yet!
We parked WALLY1 on the Washington Street Bridge, which gave us a front row seat to the action. We watched as eight-year-olds fought for court supremacy on both sides of our booth. Siblings and parents of the young basketball stars swung by the PEMCO station to create signs for their favorite teams, coloring and writing terms of encouragement to cheer on their relatives. We were glad to help root the teams on.
PEMCO was right in the center of all the hoops action!
If for some reason you missed Hoopfest this year, we've got you covered with a full video recap. Here's all the hoopla from the event as captured by Steven Goodell:
Video edited by Steven Goodell
It looks like our team will be resting up from Hoopfest until this Friday when we visit Camp ZinZanni. We hope to see you there!