3-On-3 Basketball Returns To The Rose Quarter

Rip City 3-on-3, benefiting Special Olympics Oregon, debuts August 23-24


PORTLAND, Ore. (March 24, 2014) – For the first time in three years, the city of Portland will host a premier outdoor 3-on-3 basketball tournament. The inaugural Rip City 3-on-3 Tournament, benefiting Special Olympics Oregon, will invade the Rose Quarter campus Saturday, August 23 – Sunday, August 24.

“Rip City! That cheer you hear is the 12,000 participants of Special Olympics Oregon celebrating the Portland Trail Blazers and their support to our mission serving individuals with intellectual disability statewide,” said Special Olympics Oregon CEO Margie Hunt. “We’re very grateful for the terrific support of our home town team, not only to Special Olympics Oregon, but in communities all over the state. We join with the Trail Blazers in inviting everyone to ‘lace up’ for the sport and fun of Rip City 3-on-3.”

Portland has been without a flagship 3-on-3 tournament since 2011, the last time “Street Jam” was held at the Rose Quarter. Organized and managed by Eventuris, which was founded by the long-time producers of the largest 3-on-3 tournament in the world, Rip City 3-on-3 will have an entirely different look and feel than its predecessor.

“We wanted to partner with someone that has a proven track record of running successful basketball tournaments. We definitely got that with Eventuris,” said Chris McGowan, President & CEO of the Trail Blazers and Moda Center. “Over the past 25 years, they have run one of the most respected and largest 3-on-3 tournaments in the world. This will be a tournament that fans can get excited about and look forward to each summer.”

Registration is now open at trailblazers.com/3on3. The tournament will feature more than 50 courts throughout the Rose Quarter campus. With a variety of divisions to choose from, players of all ages and abilities are able to register. Awards will be given to the teams that take first and second place in each division.

The Trail Blazers have partnered with The Coca-Cola Company, a founding partner of Special Olympics since 1968, and Sprite® as the exclusive beverage sponsor of the inaugural Rip City 3-on-3 tournament.

A 3-point shootout and dunk contest – featuring Trail Blazers judges – will also take place over the weekend. Awards will be given to the winners of each competition. In addition to the competitions, free youth clinics will take place at Center Court. Contestants are not required to register for the 3-on-3 tournament to participate in these additional events.

Dates for the 2015 Rip City 3-on-3 have been confirmed for Saturday, August 29 - Sunday, August 30.