For Tim Shelton, Hoopfest has always been the highlight event of summertime fun in Spokane. Tim started as a fan of the weekend by going downtown every June to watch the action, and now works as a Court Marshal. As a Court Marshal, Tim’s responsibilities include overseeing and assisting Court Monitors who referee games, and helping maintain order on the courts.
After retiring from his job as an Inventory Control Clerk at Safeway, Tim focuses his efforts on the Spokane community. He engages with youth through basketball, serving as a gym supervisor for Spokane Elite Basketball League (formerly Spokane AAU). Tim has had many memorable experiences seeing the heart and passion of athletes.
“I’ve seen it so often here, one player will get injured and everyone stops, no matter what team, and everyone is concerned about that player,” explains Tim. “That’s what it’s all about. It’s not about winning, it’s seeing players and coaches support each other and wanting the best for their opponents.”
Tim also helps during set-up and take down of Hoopfest. Along with a team of volunteers, Tim puts up baskets; tapes court boundaries and prepares for tip-off Saturday morning.
“It’s organized chaos, from the time the city gives us the downtown streets to the time we leave,” he says. “Everyone is working together, happy and in a great mood. We do it efficiently and with smiles on our faces.”
Tim is always eager to come back to Hoopfest because of the hard work by the volunteers and the family atmosphere.
“From day one you are welcomed, appreciated and respected… and it makes every volunteer’s job so much more enjoyable.”
Thank you Tim for being such an incredible volunteer for our Spokane Hoops Association!