News Release - Mayor Warren and Rochester Youth Sports Foundation Announce Return of Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

City of Rochester

News Release

(Thursday, June 6, 2019) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren today joined with representatives from Rochester Youth Sports Foundation to announce details of the 2019 Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, which is returning to the city of Rochester for its third consecutive year.

The Gus Macker Tournament, said to be the largest, longest-running 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world, will take place locally on Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30, at the Downtown Riverside Festival site (located at the corner of Exchange Boulevard and Court Street, across from the Blue Cross Arena).

“We are excited to bring this family-friendly event to our city each year,” said Mayor Warren. “The Gus Macker Tournament adds a wonderful vibrancy to our Downtown, while supporting youth sports programs in the Rochester community. I’d like to thank our partners at 103.9 WDKX and Wegmans for their support of this event. Quality of life programs and healthy activities are key to creating more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities.”

In addition to some great competitive basketball, athletes and spectators will enjoy a weekend full of family-friendly activities that include a youth talent showcase, bounce houses, fun challenges and the highly coveted dunk contest.

Presenting sponsors include the City of Rochester, 103.9 WDKX and Wegmans. All proceeds will support local youth sports programs through the Rochester Youth Sports Foundation.

Interested participants may register their teams online and at a free preview game featuring teams from 103.9 WDKX, the Rochester Police Department and the Rochester Fire Department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 at the Thomas P. Ryan R-Center, 530 Webster Ave. The preview event features a 3-point contest, free hot dogs and entertainment.

Started in a Michigan driveway by a pair of brothers and their friends in 1974, Gus Macker Tournaments now take place in dozens of cities across the United States as part of its annual tour. The Rochester event is expected to draw more than 300 teams from the Western New York region, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Canada during two days of competitive basketball for players of all ages and abilities.

Admission to the festival site is free. The fee for each four-person team is $140. Registration may be completed online through June 10 via For more information call (585) 748-6804.

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News Media:  For more information contact Press Officer Jessica Alaimo, 428-7135.