SALEM, OR - Wednesday, 8/16/17 - Hoopla XIX presented by Columbia Bank and Dutch Bros. Coffee set an all-time record with 988 teams, tournament officials announced Wednesday.
"It was an amazing year, without question," said Tournament Director Jason Unruh. "To have that many teams was awesome. Besides our record numbers in Hoopla, the Kona Ice Friday 2x2 Tourney was also a big hit and has great potential. We see the potential for more growth for sure...but our focus will always remain on quality. We also want to continue to grow and foster the good sportsmanship element -- both because it is the right way to play and spectate, but also because it adds to the enjoyment for everyone involved."
The Hampton Inn & Suites of Salem sponsored a new Sportsmanship Award in 2017, and this was a positive, well-received addition to to the tournament. "That was awesome," said Unruh, "and we want to do more. What that looks like, exactly, remains to be seen. We are working on it and open to all ideas to continue to make Hoopla the best 3x3 street basketball event in the world, but also a family friendly, positive and enjoyable weekend for all."
The special 20th Anniversary Hoopla XX is slated for August 4-5, 2018.