YAKIMA, Wash.-- One
of the state's biggest outdoor basketball tournaments returns to the streets of
Downtown Yakima this weekend.
Sports Commission puts on the Hot Shot 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament every
summer on the weekend before Labor Day, and it always draws a big crowd.
said this year's tournament will include nearly 500 teams and more than 1900
22% of those players come from out of town.
The sports commission said it is not just a way to get
people to visit Yakima; it also brings in a lot of revenue for the city.
question it will bring in quite a bit amount of money because they will have to
stay in hotels, they need to buy gas, they need to eat, maybe a little
recreation while they're here, so they will definitely drop a lot of money
while they are in town," said Director of Sports for the Yakima Sports
Commission, Rich Austin.
said this year's turnout should set a new record, and registration is up 9%
over last year.
Organizers also said the mission of hot shots is to give players an
event to show off their skills and have fun against their competition while
making a name for sports in the Yakima Valley.