SALEM, OREGON (8/10/15) - Oregon National Guard Hoopla XVII set an all-time record with 904 total teams in 2015, organizers announced Monday.
"Surpassing the 900 team mark is a milestone for us," said Tournament Director Jason Unruh. "We take pride in continuing to grow and evolve over time, and we work hard in that way. At the same time, the quality of our participants experience remains a primary focus for us. We are pleased that this year, overall, our growth did not come at the expense of the experience our players enjoyed. If anything, the experience was even greater."
The event's growth was not limited to participant numbers only.
ONG Hoopla became an Official Qualifer for the USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournaments held at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Four such qualifying tournaments were held at ONG Hoopla XVII in separate and new Men's Open, Women's Open, Men's 18U and Women's 18U divisions.
"There is no question the Official Qualifying Tournaments were a huge hit," said Unruh. "We intend to continue to build our relationship with USA Basketball."
In addition, ONG Hoopla operated and hosted the CT Studd 4x4 Tournament benefiting Young Life for the first time on Friday of Tournament Week.
Other events enjoyed surging numbers: both the Thursday Free Kids Clinic presented by Drs. Howerton, Hopkin & Kennedy and the Friday LCG Pence Construction Hoopla Hoop Camp had all-time high numbers of participants, and the Hoopla Fun Run presented by Salem Kroc Center benefiting Liberty House enjoyed a new day, time and course.
"2015 was a banner year for us," remarked Unruh, "but we can't wait for ONG Hoopla XVIII!"