972 tournaments. 2.2 million players. $15M raised for local charities. That’s the impact Scott and Mitch McNeal’s little Gus Macker basketball tournament, started in 1974 in their parents’ driveway, has had on the hoops world.

Since 1987, the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament has traveled around the globe, leaving their hometown of Lowell, MI. Originally a competitive tournament between friends for a purse of $18, the McNeal brothers moved the tournament to the streets of Belding, MI and four other municipalities on the “Gus Macker World Tour”.

Now, 30 years later, Macker will continue its’ tour starting in April in Cape Girardeau, MO and end the summer in Huntersville, NC with stops in New Mexico, Illinois, New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and, of course, Michigan.

The “original” Macker returns to Belding, MI for the 31st time over the August 5-6 weekend. You’re sure to find Gus Macker himself at many of the tournaments this summer, always with a big smile and friendly greeting for players, parents, coaches and even the media.

Whether you’re a Hall of Fame inductee or just getting your career started, players ranging from ages 7-50+ have been seen by as many as 23 million spectators throughout the years.

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Here’s a quick rundown of the 2017 Gus Macker schedule, although more dates may be added still.


4/6/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Cape Girardeau, MO
4/22/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Hobbs, NM
4/29/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Mt. Pleasant, MI
5/27/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Quincy, IL
5/27/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Las Cruces, NM
6/10/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Gladstone, MI
6/10/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Chesaning, MI
6/10/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Mescalero, NM
6/10/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Grand Island, NY
6/17/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Ludington, MI
6/17/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Sterling, IL
6/24/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Hastings, MI
6/24/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Linden, MI
6/24/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Athens, OH
6/24/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Rochester, NY
6/24/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Green Bay, WI
7/7/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Norwich, NY
7/8/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Greenville, MI
7/8/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Cambridge, OH
7/8/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Sault Ste. Marie, MI
7/15/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Okemos, MI
7/15/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Racine, WI
7/22/17 Macker Tourney 9:40 AM Columbus, OH
7/22/17 Macker Tourney 9:40 AM Peoria, IL
7/29/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Indianapolis, IN
7/29/17 Macker Tourney 9:40 AM Hornell, NY
8/5/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Belding, MI
8/5/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Sheboygan, WI
8/12/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Cicero, NY
8/19/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Olean, NY
8/19/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Midland, MI
8/26/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Oshkosh, WI
8/26/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Otsego, MI
9/9/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Stevens Point, WI
9/16/17 Macker Tourney 9:00 AM Huntersville, NC