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Lakers to host 3-on-3 Tournament at L.A. LiveHeld from Aug. 14-16, open registrations ends July 31
Ever fantasized about being a basketball world champion? Here is your opportunity. The 2009 World Champion Los Angeles Lakers will play host to the first-ever Lakers 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament presented by Nike and Fan Fest, Friday, Aug. 14- Sunday, Aug. 16 at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.
The spectacular event will be spread across multiple city blocks with approximately 70 outdoor basketball courts in and around L.A. Live to accommodate the thousands of athletes who will compete for bragging rights, prizes and chance to be named champion.
Players young and old, men and women, elite and beginner are able to participate in the Lakers 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament presented by Nike. Brackets will be divided into appropriate divisions based on a combination of skill, age, gender and height. Teams may consist of a maximum of four (4) players and a minimum of three (3) players. A unique element of the event is the ability to build your own bracket. Players may sign up to play in brackets of eight (8) or 16 teams amongst friends, family, colleagues, etc.
There are four main divisions of play: Standard, Nike Elite, Special Olympics and Wheelchair. The Standard division includes three categories of participants: adult, high school (oldest player's next grade will be 9-12) and youth (oldest player's next grade will be 3-8). The Nike Elite Division also consists of three categories of players: Women, Men's 6 Foot and Under, and Men's Over 6 Foot. Players will then choose between Recreational and Competitive levels of competition at which time brackets will be formed based upon these criteria and those delineated above. Special Olympics and Wheelchair divisions are open to athletes of all ages and abilities, and are free of charge.
Participants can register their teams online at www.Lakers3on3.com or mail in the registration forms to the designated address on the Web site. Registration closes on Friday, July 31.
Fan Fest, beginning Friday, Aug. 14, will be open to the general public and will be free for all fans to attend. The three-day experience will feature a variety of events at the Nike Center Court, including the Nike Slam Dunk Contest, appearances by members of the Lakers and special guests, live music, food and beverage areas, and basketball-themed activities and competitions.
"We are very excited to introduce this new event in Los Angeles, a city with a storied basketball history," said Scott Hanley, Vice President of AEG Sports. "The Lakers 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament presented by Nike will be a truly special event that will be here for years to come providing all participants a chance to compete in a unique outdoor venue constructed at L.A. Live."
Nike will serve as presenting partner of the Lakers 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. Their name and logo will adorn at both the Nike Center Court in L.A. Live plaza and the Nike Elite Division.
Complete information about registration, eligibility, rules and bracketing can be found at the official Lakers 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament Web site, www.Lakers3on3.com.Â Â