The state’s largest tournament of its kind and the second largest in the world will be held on the streets surrounding the Capitol building July 12-17, 2022
It was a triumphant return for Hoopla in 2021 – with a record-setting number of teams following 2020’s pandemic-related hiatus.
Now, as Hoopla looks to a bright future, the organizers are only thinking two things: bigger and better. Oregon’s largest 3x3 basketball tournament played on the streets surrounding the state Capitol will be a nearly week-long celebration of all things basketball, July 12-17, 2022, for its 23rd edition.
"It was so special to be back after a two-year break. The joy and excitement on people's faces was so fulfilling,” Hoopla tournament director Jason Unruh said. “Our players, volunteers, spectators and sponsors have such a deep-rooted love for this event and that love was never more evident than last summer at Hoopla.”
Hoopla organizers are expecting even bigger numbers this year after the 2021 tournament saw a record 1,012 teams participate.
"Each year we have a renewed energy and focus to continue to bring all involved a first-class event,” Unruh said. “Our goal after each year's event is to evaluate how we do things and continue to make improvements. This year is no different, and we have some very exciting things in store."
The Kona Ice Friday 2x2 Tournament also continues to grow into an essential part of the entire
“I really encourage anyone playing on the weekend to sign up for the Friday 2x2,” Unruh said. “It is such a great way to get some games in before the main event on the weekend."
A special edition to last year’s tournament for the first time was the Free Unified Basketball Clinic and Unified Division during the main tournament for student athletes with special needs. The smiles, laughter and teamwork were beyond rewarding for everyone involved.
This year, it will be expanding to include middle school students.
“This program is so rewarding and we could not be more thrilled to host these incredible kids,” Unruh said.
Team registration for Hoopla XXIII and the Kona Ice Friday 2x2 Tourney is open now at
www.oregonhoopla.com/register. Other important dates are as follows:
- Monday, May 23: "Early Bird" registration deadline (save $20/team)
- Thursday, June 30: Hoopla XXIII team registration deadline
- Tuesday, July 12: Kona Ice Friday 2x2 Tourney team registration deadline
For a full schedule of events, visit oregonhoopla.com/week/events.
Believed to be the second largest tournament of its kind in the world, Hoopla features roughly 1,000+ teams, 4,500 participants, 1,000 volunteers, and thousands of spectators at one of the best imaginable venues – in the shadows of the Oregon State Capitol Building on Court and surrounding streets in downtown Salem. The non-profit Hoopla Association has generated more than $750,000 for local organizations and causes since it was founded in 1999.
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