Wyoming Avenue, the heart of downtown Scranton, will once again be the site of a “jam” session when Lackawanna County hosts its annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament on August 2, 3 & 4.
The games will be played on the 100-200 blocks on Wyoming Avenue. Boys and girls will play Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The action “tips-off” on Friday at 6 P.M. Games on Saturday will run from 9 AM – 7 PM. Sunday’s action starts at 9 AM and runs through 3 PM with the Championship contests.
The 3 on 3 tournament will include celebrity all-star games with representatives from Lackawanna County, the City of Scranton, Scranton’s Public Safety Departments, the media, and Valley View vs. Mid Valley and Riverside vs. Old Forge.
The tourney will be part of the First Friday art walk and related events. It will also provide the perfect opportunity for individuals to enjoy an evening of great dining, shopping and fun. “Haze” is the musical entertainment for the evening, starting at approximately 8:30 PM on Wyoming Avenue.
“Downtown Scranton is the perfect venue for the tourney,” said Commissioner Jim Wansacz. “It will once again bring together families and friends from our community and out-of-town to catch a glimpse of both our quality of life and some outstanding basketball talent.”
“This is a tremendous economic boost for Lackawanna County’s stores, hotels, restaurants and shopping centers,” explained Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien. “It is easily accessible and very similar to other summer league tournaments with one big exception. No one does special events and puts on the neighborly atmosphere quite like the residents of Lackawanna County.”
“This is a great showcase for our area and all of the talented youngsters who will participate,” noted Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley. “It is a great economic boost, but also a great showcase for our community.”
Players of all skill levels and ages are encouraged and invited to participate. The registration deadline is Monday, July 29. The entry fees per team are: $90 for Youth, $110 for Adults, and $90 for the Senior Division (ages 45+), based on a five-man roster. T-shirts will be given to all participating players. Checks or money orders should be made payable to “LCCVB” – the Lackawanna County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
A new twist in this year’s event is that a portion of the tournament’s proceeds will benefit local high school basketball programs and Coaches vs. Cancer.
The Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs will be on site providing a variety of information and resources. Its message for the weekend will involve discussing the debilitating effects and perils of drugs and alcohol abuse.
Guests who visit the Drug & Alcohol tent will be able to enter a slogan contest and receive a headband for filling-out a brief survey. Team photos will also be taken.
The 3 on 3 tournament is being presented by PNC Bank. Other sponsors include: Lackawanna County; Johnson College, Fox 56, Lamar Advertising, The Times-Tribune, Lackawanna County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs, Scranton Tomorrow, City of Scranton, Sweda Advertising, Montage Mountain, The CW, Lackawanna County Parks & Recreation, My TV, Battaglia’s Sporting Goods, Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, and Commonwealth Energy Group LLC.
For more information, call (570) 496-1701 or visit www.visitnepa.org for a brochure and weather information throughout the weekend. You can also checkout the County’s website at www.lackawannacounty.org.