“We have groups who have helped tape courts for 15 years,” says Shawn Gochenour. Shawn has been taping courts for nine years and wants you to start your own tradition helping tape courts. Read more about how to join the fun at Hoopfest 2016.
On the Friday before Hoopfest, Downtown Spokane transforms. The clock strikes 7 p.m. and the vendors begin to set up, the streets shut down, the baskets go up and the court taping teams hit the pavement.
Around 200 volunteers form 25 teams and take to the streets of Spokane and for the next two to three hours the teams tape 450 plus courts throughout the festivities of Downtown Spokane. Each team has a taping captain, who is in charge of recruiting their own tape teams. The tape teams range from groups of four to 15 people and help get the Hoopfest weekend magic started. “Families and groups are encouraged to help,” says Shawn Gochenour, who has been taping for the past nine years, “It’s a fun time to tape courts.”
Shawn is married with two kids, Davis and Cole, and has been involved with Hoopfest for 12 years. He was first involved with Hoopfest was in 2000, as an intern and has continued his involvement with Hoopfest as a previous seasonal employee and worked on the beverage and vendor committee; and now takes a lead role in taping courts. “The best thing about taping is to watch these groups work together to help make Hoopfest happen. Everybody who helps has a great time. We have groups who have helped tape courts for 15 years.”
Shawn’s favorite part about Friday night setup is “… watching everything come together. In six short hours Downtown Spokane is transformed to the world’s biggest 3-on-3 basketball tournament.”
The Friday before Hoopfest is packed with set-up activities and there is always something fun to join in on. If being part of something magical sounds exciting to you, make sure to click here and sign up today to be a volunteer at Hoopfest 2016.