‘Hiphop’ hoops June 1-2

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Registration deadline is Wednesday

By Dave Kavanaugh

Three-on-three basketball has long been one of New Mexico’s favorite summertime diversions. With events like Hoop-It-Up dotting the schedule, hoopsters of varying ages and ability levels have typically had more venues than the playground courts to ply their trade.

Now, the New Mexico Youth Foundation and Alliance is serving up a new twist on three-on-three hoops in the form of benefit tournament using the rules of “Hiphop Basketball.”

The tournament is set for June 1-2 — tentative start time 8 a.m. — at the Santa Fe Place Mall parking lot adjacent to Santa Fe Harley-Davidson. Multiple age divisions are open. Proceeds from the entry fee for each team ($120) will go toward the New Mexico Youth Foundation’s scholarships and outreach programs.

For registration form and other information, those interested are asked to log on to the Web site newmexicoyouth.org. Forms should be submitted to N.M. Youth, 734 Lee Drive, Las Vegas, NM, 87701; faxed to 505-216-2244; or scanned and e-mailed to ira@newmexicoyouth.org. Forms also may be dropped off at Santa Fe Harley-Davidson. Payment may be made in advance or at the gate, but registration is requested by this Wednesday, May 29.

Hiphop Basketball, a fresh take on hoops designed by Ed Patane of Tampa Bay, Fla., incorporates lowered, dunk-friendly goals; a shorter-than-regulation length court; revised scoring system; “free shots” instead of traditional free throws; on-the-fly substitutions and other innovations.

“These innovations and alteration are designed to bring out each player’s athletic abilities while creating an exciting sport for spectators to watch,” said Ira Harge Jr., New Mexico Youth Foundation chief, in announcing the tournament.

Teams should have three to five players for the tourney. Entry fee per team is $120. Divisions are broken down by age groups, from third-graders on up to 35-and-older. Teams may be male or female.

In addition to the basketball, the June event will feature a raffle to win a 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster. Tickets are $40 each or three for $100.
For more information on the tournament, including rules of Hiphop Basketball and this specific event, those interested may contact Harge at 505-426-7569 or ira@newmexicoyouth.org.

New Mexico Youth Foundation and Alliance is a non-profit organization that uses sports to teach youngsters life lessons. Among the organization’s activities are scholarship programs and the Extraordinary Athlete Show, recognizing the achievements of athletes who have overcome exceptional adversity.