Santa Claus Is Coming to Town



When Santa Claus comes to town, he always gathers his reindeer and swings by Spokane for the annual Spokane Hoops Elite Basketball League (formerly known as Spokane AAU League) Santa Slammer Winter Classic! This weekend, December 16-17, will be the 20th annual Santa Slammer Winter Classic, presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods.

“The Santa Slammer is a family favorite, with the energy of the holidays and good basketball bringing everyone’s spirits up,” exclaims Spokane Hoops Association Program Manager Giff Marleau. “It has been a Spokane AAU tradition, and our athletes look forward to the festive competition every year.”

This year, we are excited to welcome 136 teams to join in the basketball fun, many from out of town traveling to Spokane for this event. The diversity of teams creates a competitive environment filled with positive sportsmanship and incredible skill.

The Santa Slammer has 10 different divisions for players grades 4-8, and merchandise will be available for purchase. In addition, our sponsor Dick’s Sporting Goods has provided a discount coupon of 20% off throughout the store, valid only during the tournament weekend.


Our Santa Slammer Winter Classic will take place in six different gym locations:

  • Fitness Center
  • HUB
  • Warehouse
  • Centennial M.S.
  • East Valley M.S.
  • Evergreen M.S.

Get ready to stuff your stockings and stuff the net this weekend! Come support our players in this family occasion that has become a holiday classic.

The first tip-off will be at 8 a.m. on December 16. Schedules are available online on the Spokane AAU website.





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