BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- The 2010 Buffalo Gus Macker Tournament wrapped up Sunday after a weekend that hosted over 900 teams in downtown Buffalo.
The Buffalo Police Athletic League is presented the 2010 Buffalo Gus Macker, organized by Sue Gonzalez and her PAL team.
100% of all proceeds from the event will directly benefit the children of our community through the programs of PAL. The focus and goal of PAL’s core programming it to build strong athletic, cultural, social and recreational opportunities that area youth are attracted and held to; while adding age appropriate prevention and education to each activity.
Features of this year’s Buffalo Gus Macker were:
Board Certified referees on all courts ...
25 minute time limit on all games...
Limited number of teams being accepted in each bracket....
Wegmans Weekend warm ups where fitness professionals lead you in stretching a aerobic warm up activities prior to the days events.
Expanded concessions including Applebees, Just Pizza, and Sahlens’s Hot Dogs.
WKBW Channel 7 was a proud co-sponsor of the Gus Macker Tournament. For game information, go to "News Links" at wkbw.com and click to the official site for Gus Macker.
THE LEGEND OF GUS FROM THE OFFICIAL GUS MACKER WEBSITE:
The Original Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament was started in 1974 by Scott McNeal (alias Gus Macker) on his parents’ driveway basketball court in Lowell, Michigan. It started with 18 friends playing competitively for $18.
The tournament continued to grow and in 1987 moved from Lowell to Belding and took to the road because of a tremendous demand from communities outside of the home base. The “Gus Macker All- World Tour” was greeted with enthusiasm and spectacular news coverage in every area. Over 10,400 players participated in five cities in that first year. Since 1987, the Macker Tournaments has expanded, holding both indoor and outdoor tournament in over 75 cities and with over 200,000 players and 1.7 million spectators enjoying 3-on-3 competition and family fun each year.
The long range success and growth of the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is extremely important to us; therefore we will direct all our best efforts in providing a top-quality tournament. With hands-on experience since 1974, we understand the essentials necessary to organizing and directing a well run tournament for the players, spectators, and sponsors. We will not compromise our ideals while making the Gus Macker a continuing, wholesome phenomenon across the USA.
The Macker has grown to national prominence, but is still run in a hometown, friendly manner. Teams of various age, size, and talent levels pay a team registration fee for the opportunity to compete against other teams of similar make-up and the chance to win top-quality trophies. By prohibiting alcohol or tobacco-related sponsors, the Macker has maintained the wholesome nature and pure fun of the event which draws players, spectators, and media wherever it is held. It has grown because the simple essence of the event, as originally established in Scott McNeal’s parents’ driveway, is maintained. The concept of Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball is being imitated across the USA but the Macker is still the one-and-only original game that is evolving as the hottest mass participation sport today.
The six (6) basic objectives that have guided the development of Gus Macker across the country are:
A Wholesome, family-oriented event.
A tournament designed by players for players
A value to sponsors.
An outstanding fund-raising event for the local community.
A major media sporting event.
Entertaining for the spectators.