SPOKANE, Washington – February 3, 2015 – Spokane AAU is moving towards the end of a successful 26th season and continues to be the premier youth basketball league in our region. This inaugural All-Star game for 8th grade girls and boys is another way the program is highlighting our youth athletes.
If you’ve ever been to an AAU sanctioned basketball tournament, then you’re no stranger to the younger generation of local talent. While the gifted young hoopers all deserve recognition and praise, the Spokane Hoopfest Association is honoring 8th grade boys and girls who participate in AAU with the highest honor:
An All-Star game! Pinning Team AAU versus Team Hoopfest, coached by former Gonzaga Bulldogs, Corey Violette and Richard Fox. These games will give some of the ballers of our area an opportunity to show off their skills with other qualified teammates and competitors.
“We are trying something new this year with our All-Star game,” says Executive Director Matt Santangelo. “It is our chance to recognize some of our top 8th grade athletes and provide another basketball experience that they can take with them for the rest of their lives. Our goal is to celebrate our outstanding youth for their accomplishments throughout the season.”
The showdown, taking place at West Valley High School (8301 East Buckeye Ave., Spokane, WA 99212) is scheduled for Sunday, February 8 at 1:00 pm for the girl’s team and 3:00 pm for the boy’s team. Each coach of an 8th grade team submitted three nominations – one name from their own team roster, and the other two names from other teams. Members of 7th grade teams playing up did not qualify for nomination.
Coach or not, be sure to check out this AAU spectacle and support our young athletes. They’re doing our region proud.
About Spokane AAU
In 2002, the Spokane Hoopfest Association and Spokane Regional AAU Basketball Club merged through the election of a single Board of Directors. Under the Hoopfest Banner, Spokane AAU Basketball provides the area’s premier competitive league for fourth through eighth grade boys and girls. The Spokane AAU Basketball Club develops, fosters, and regulates its programs under national Amateur Athletic union rules. There is no charge for spectators to attend any league games or tournaments.
About Spokane Hoopfest Association
The goal of the Spokane Hoopfest Association is to create basketball experiences that celebrate athleticism, fair play, good sportsmanship and community involvement. Established in 1990, Spokane Hoopfest organizes and produces the world’s largest annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament that brings thousands of visitors and millions of dollars to town every June. In addition, it manages Spokane AAU Basketball, the Midnight Basketball Association and Eastern Washington Elite. Hoopfest has a $46 million impact on the Spokane economy and has donated over $1.6 million to local charities since 1990. Hoopfest 2015 is scheduled for June 27 & 28.
Spokane Hoopfest Association is a Washington nonprofit corporation and tax exempt organization under section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code.