As the saying goes, you’ll know it when you see it. Sharyn Wright knew love when she saw it and she saw it at Hoopfest.
A flirtatious conversation that had developed over social media came to fruition at the mecca of 3-on-3 basketball during the last weekend of June 2012. Wright, a professed small-town girl from Harrison, Idaho—located on the south end of Lake Coeur d’Alene, about 30 miles from I-90—anxiously ventured to her first Hoopfest, with the promise of finally meeting DeVaunte O. Wright, the man who had been wooing her heart over Facebook for several months previously.
That day Wright fell in love not only with DeVaunte, but also with Hoopfest. Though she had never seen or played in the competition, Wright, a basketball player herself, had the better part of a day to explore the tournament as she eagerly awaited meeting DeVaunte. Once the two did connect, Hoopfest consumed the rest of their day. They participated in the full court shooting contest (which today has become an annual tradition for the couple) and Wright said watching her newfound love play the game confirmed “he was everything and more to me.”
Within a year of their magical Hoopfest meeting, the duo became engaged and they were married in the summer of 2014.
“All thanks to Hoopfest,” Wright said.
The Wrights make it a priority each year to return to the competition that sparked their young love, participate in the same shooting contest and relive the romance found within the street courts of Spokane. DeVaunte Wright is now a member of the U.S. Army and when he returns from advanced individual training in February, he and Sharyn will reside in greater Spokane or Coeur d’Alene, undoubtedly within the perfect distance to make it “home” to Hoopfest again this summer.
Sharyn Wright was the winner of Spokane Hoopfest’s book giveaway contest this past December. To purchase your own copy of the Hoopfest book today, visit hoopfest.pictorialbook.com.
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