The Hot Shots 3-On-3 Basketball Tourney hits the streets of Downtown Yakima this weekend (August 27th , 28th). In its ninth year, the tourney has a record 447 teams with 1,788 players. Organizers project that nearly 12,000 players, families and spectators will turn out for the event.
Rich Austin, Director of Sports for the Yakima Valley Sports Commission, stated that registration grew 22% this year and has grown more than 68% in the past five years. Austin says more than 390 of the players come from outside the Yakima Valley, helping the event to become a state and regional tourism draw. The event is the second largest 3-on-3 basketball tourney in the state after Hoopfest in Spokane.
The tournament is staged by the Yakima Valley Sports Commission, a division of the Yakima Valley Visitors and Convention Bureau.
For details on the tournament visit http://www.visityakima.com/hot-shots/
August 30, 2011 : Check out some of the media coverage the event received-
Story on effects tournament had on downtown businesses, Yakima Herald 8/30/11
Editorial on the event, Yakima Herald 8/30/11
Hot Shots heats up in downtown Yakima – Yakima Herald 8/27/11
Hot Shots brings people from all over to Yakima– KNDO TV 8/27/11
Hot Shots coverage on KAPP TV 8/27/11
Hot Shots on KIT Radio