Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

The Gus Macker Basketball Tournament will take place on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Marengo Community High School.

The tournament will be the first of three annual Gus Macker Tournaments in Marengo, and is a, “family festival that takes place around a pick-up basketball tournament,” said Corey Brackmann, cochairman of the Gus Macker Committee. There will be a local celebrity tournament and sponsorship event on the evening of Friday, June 24. Tournament games will be held on June 25 and 26. The Gus Macker Tournament is designed by players for players, gives a value to sponsors, and is an, “outstanding fundraising event for the local community,” Brackmann said.

“There is an obvious economic impact of bringing thousands of players and fans into our community,” he said. “The businesses in our community deserve [from] us, as community leaders, to do things that will help them succeed--especially with the current economic environment.”

Tournaments, which are open to all, include teams that are computer-matched into male and female divisions within the categories of junior, adult, or top, Brackmann said. Teams will be guaranteed three scheduled games in a double-elimination bracket with a consolation bracket called the, “Toilet Bowl,” he said.

Depending on sponsorships, the event is expected to generate approximately $30,000 to $50,000 in the first year, he said. Funds will primarily be used towards building the Marengo-Union Sports Facility. Some funding will also be used for local non-profit organizations, groups and clubs.

Brackmann, who contacted Gus Macker in November 2010, said the Gus Macker Organization estimated about 8,000 to 10,000 spectators at the first Marengo event.

“There is a 50-mile tournament protection area that includes the cities of Chicago and Rockford,” he said. “The closest tournaments to us are Madison and Morris. We expect people from all over this area to play and visit our tournament.”

Mark Corbin, co-chairman of the Gus Macker Committee and a basketball coach at Zion Lutheran School in Marengo, said several business owners, community members, and the Marengo-Union Chamber of Commerce are helping organize the event.

“It’s fun to bring something like this to a community because it gets your town fired up-- not just about basketball, but also about sports in general,” Corbin said.

Marlene Slavin, CEO/President of the Marengo-Union Chamber of Commerce, said the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is, “a highly-respected, wellattended national event.”

“Corey Brackmann and Mark Corbin are commended for taking the initiative to bring this wholesome family event to Marengo,” Slavin said. “It is good for business and will bring an influx of tourism dollars into our local economy.”

Slavin said she would also like to thank the local businesses who helped fund the event, as well as the members of the Marengo- Union Sports Facility for hosting the event.

“This event allows us to showcase our friendly community, local businesses, our history and fun attractions, which we are sure will impress visitors so that they will want to return for another family visit,” she said.

The tournament deadline is June 6, 2011. Registration can be made by going to: www. Macker.com. There is a $128 registration fee per team. Admission to the game is free and open to all. For more information on sponsorships, contact Corey Brackmann at 815-482-2479, or e-mail him at brackmann. corey@gmail.com.