Last Saturday, the 2017 Gus Macker All-World Tour opened up with Macker Madness at MSA Woodland in Grand Rapids, MI. It was the organization’s first indoor tournament in quite some time.
Hoopers, ballers and shot-callers from around the Midwest descended on the former Woodland Skating Center for the inaugural tournament, a one-day contest for ballers of all ages to kick off the roundball classic. After suffering through a recession akin to what the housing market saw in the early 2000’s, the Woodland skating rink was sold and rebranded as MSA Woodland, a sports complex designed for basketball, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse and more.
Derrick Brooks was also in attendance to watch the youngsters and give any advice they needed while they played on SportCourt (at right) set up indoors on the soccer field.
The students from Central Michigan University’s class RPL 333, the country’s only curriculum devoted to future recreation and event management professionals where students learn festival planning throughout the 16 week semester, made the trip south to Grand Rapids to work the sidelines, man the booths and acquire the experience needed to make a great Gus Macker tournament happen. They’re preparing for the April 29-30 event at CMU, when they run the 3-on-3 tournament as their “final” exam. This year, #8 for the class and the 9th year of the event, is GUS GOES GOBSTOPPER: WILLY WONKA AND THE FINCH FACTORY and takes place in and around historic Finch Fieldhouse on CMU’s campus.
The Grand Rapids Galaxy, the new women’s basketball team starting play later this summer here in Beer City, USA, and owner/CEO William Kelly were also at the tournament. Some of the players were performing scorekeeper duties throughout the day.
The outdoor tournament schedule kicks off on April 22-23 in Hobbs, NM.