Sep 10, 2018 at 3:22 PM
After six years, Sen. Stadelman’s HoopStars has become part of our community’s Labor Day tradition.
The free 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament drew 300 players this year and hundreds more spectators. Since moving indoors to UW Health Sports Factory from outdoor courts at Davis Park, the number of parents, grandparents and siblings cheering from the sidelines seems to have grown.
When launching the competition in 2013, Labor Day was selected to help fill the void left by the loss of On The Waterfront. HoopStars continues to offer a positive, no-cost athletic opportunity for boys and girls in grades 3-8 and a fun way for families to mark the end of summer and start of the school year. I remain most gratified by the diversity of the players and good-natured rivalry on the courts.
Bracket-winning teams left with championship medals, but every player took home a commemorative T-shirt. The event wouldn’t be possible without the ongoing support of the Rockford Park District and generosity of ComEd, Comcast and Drive Right School of Driving.
Sports are a great way of bringing people together. If there’s a young basketball enthusiast in your life, mark your calendars for HoopStars 2019 next Sept. 2!
— State Sen. Steve Stadelman, Rockford
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September 10, 2018 at 03:33PM