What is Spokane Hoopfest?
Spokane Hoopfest is the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the entire world. It takes place right here in Spokane every year during the last weekend of June. Hoopfest has nearly 30 years of history in Spokane, officially kicking off back in 1990. The very first Hoopfest featured 36 taped-off courts in Downtown Spokane; closing off streets in downtown for a basketball tournament was something that had never been done here before. Hoopfest was a wild success and has only grown in popularity since.
Today, Spokane Hoopfest boasts significantly bigger numbers. There are now over 6,000 teams competing each year on 450 courts in the streets of Downtown. In fact, there are so many courts that Hoopfest now takes over a whopping 45 blocks, completely closing down the area for two whole days! The games aren’t all that’s big about Hoopfest – the crowds are absolutely enormous. The annual draw of fans is over 225,000 people! Part of what makes Hoopfest so great is that it unites people of every race, religion, and socioeconomic status, bringing them together with their common love of the sport.
Hoopfest Gives Back in Spokane
Aside from being a ton of fun, Hoopfest is also a significant force for charity in Spokane. As a registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt charity, Hoopfest is in a good position to positively influence the local community. Since its inception in 1990, Hoopfest has built more than 30 local basketball courts and has donated over $1.6 million to charities in Spokane. Among the organizations to donated to are the Special Olympics, youth sports centers, local learning programs, and community centers. The Spokane Hoopfest Association even runs the Spokane AAU basketball league, a school- and community-outreach program designed to offer constructive and safe activities for local youth.
On top of all its charitable good deeds, Hoopfest is also a huge economic boon for the city. The 225,000 attendees come from not only all over the country, but from all over the world. Hoopfest has an economic impact for the Spokane of over $46 million in just two short days! It truly is the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament on planet Earth.
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