Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Closes

 The One Team Kids Foundation (OTKF) regrets to announce the closure of its Hoops on the River 3-on-3-basketball tournament.  This family-friendly street basketball tournament has been a summertime fixture in Downtown Vancouver for over a decade, but has grown to a size requiring resources beyond OTKF’s scope. The event, which began in 2005 as the brainchild of Steve/Susie Oberst and under the ownership of Share Vancouver (sharevancouver.org), has run continuously except for a one-year hiatus in 2013, when ownership of the event transferred to OTKF.

“Hoops on the River was such a phenomenal event! We are so pleased at the thousands of volunteer hours our team invested into it, and what the event grew to become,” said OTKF President, Eric Anderson. “Tens of thousands of spectators and participants enjoyed spending two days in the summer heat watching teams ranging from kids to adults competing and having a great community time.  These tournaments were magical.”

As with any large community event, though, resources became integral to Hoops on the River’s success; particularly volunteer hours.  Many OTKF Board Members dedicated hundreds or thousands of hours making sure the event was a success year-to-year, but transition in the tournament’s leadership team has been a constant challenge.

“We were always lucky to have some great corporate sponsors like IQ Credit Union, Les Schwab, Nautilus, Corwin, Shoot 360, and dozens of local businesses that gave the event a solid financial foundation,” remarked Anderson.  “But as the event got bigger and bigger, it required more and more personal sacrifice from event committee members.  Several found that as life changes occurred, they were no longer able to dedicate time.”

Many other tournaments still exist in the area.  Anderson noted that the Blazers’ RipCity tournament and Salem’s Hoopla tournament are great events.  He also mentioned that Shoot 360 is always developing new great events in Clark County, and is considering an event for the weekend that Hoops on the River 2017 was scheduled to run (August 19-20).

Anderson recently made the City of Vancouver aware of the closure, and noted that unless another organization acquires the rights to Hoops on the River, it has closed for good.  Anderson also wanted to thank anyone who has ever volunteered at the event or was a member of an event committee for their sacrifice, as well as our wonderful community for embracing basketball and community-focused events like Hoops on the River.