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Yakima Gears Up for Hot Shot Tournament This Weekend

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- One of the state's biggest outdoor basketball tournaments returns to the streets of Downtown Yakima this weekend.

The Yakima 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.

Organizers said this year's tournament will include nearly 500 teams and more than 1900 players.

About 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.

"No 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.

Organizers 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.