Every summer for the last several years, Councilmember Desley Brooks, in association with Aaron Goodwin and Goodwin Sports Management, puts together a basketball tournament in East Oakland known as “So You Think You Can Hoop.”

The three-on-three competition takes place where the Golden State Warriors call home: Oracle Arena, located at 7000 Coliseum Way in Oakland.

Although the event is scheduled for July 20 – July 21, and despite that the registration deadline to sign up was June 21, participants interested in competing have until July 5 to register.

“Every year, we are always looking to increase the number of teams,” Brooks said. “So we decided to extend the deadline for two more weeks.”

The three-on-three tournament consists of two divisions and teams made up of players ages 8 to 80. The top flight division (1) is open to adult men and the registration fee is $99.

The second division is open to both males and females, ages 2-12. There is no entry fee required for this division.

“People can expect rivalries among teams and competitive exhibition games,” Brooks said. “Overall, this is a fun family event.”

Brooks also said that there is likely something for everyone at the event. NBA players and celebrities make surprise appearances, and there is also a selected “fun zone” area in the parking lot for entire families to enjoy.

“We don’t charge admission, parking is free over the weekend,” she said. “There are going to be free haircuts, massages and health screenings. Basically, people can enjoy a good wholesome atmosphere.”

Typically, about 1,500 people attend SYTYCH annually, and 100 teams have currently signed up for this year’s competition.

“What I really like about the event is that kids get to be kids and adults can get a day to be kids as well,” Brooks said. “It is all about people having a good time, smiling and laughing.”

Each player that plays in the tournament will receive a player pack containing gifts and other free stuff. The prizes for the winning teams and individuals in the competition range from monetary funds to trophies and medals.

“I just want to encourage people to register, and if you are free that weekend, come out and support a team,” Brooks said. “People can sign up online, or at any of the rec centers in Oakland. We also have forms down at City Hall.”

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