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Lackawanna County 3 On 3 Basketball Tourney Slated For Downtown Scranton

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.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Schedule ADA Program At McDade Park

The Lackawanna County Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O’Malley will celebrate the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act legislation with a ceremony at McDade Park, Scranton, on Friday, July 26, from 10 AM – 11 AM in Pavilion #1 near the Boundless Playground.

Several area agencies that care for individuals with physical, intellectual or other disabilities have been invited to attend.  Some of the organizations include: The County’s Area Agency on Aging, Lackawanna Branch Pennsylvania Association For The Blind, United Cerebral Palsy of NEPA, Deutsch Institute, The ARC of NEPA, Keystone Community Resources, Goodwill Industries of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Scranton School For Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children, Allied Services and the County’s Department of Human Services.

Keith Williams of the Northeast Pennsylvania Center For Independent Living is working with members of the Commissioners staff to assemble the program.

The event will include a proclamation from the Commissioners along with general remarks.

Various photos of the County’s Boundless Playgrounds and other area facilities that are safe and accessible will be on display.  A variety of other information will be available.

The public is invited to attend.  For further information, contact Fran Pantuso or Joe D’Arienzo in the Commissioners Office at 570-963-6750.