GALLIPOLIS — About 155 teams from across the region descended upon Gallipolis City Park on July 16-17 for the fourth annual The Hoop Project 3-on-3 basketball tournament.
The event was organized by the Downtown Revitalization Project with a goal to generate revenue for local businesses and provide entertainment to attract visitors to Gallipolis. The Hoop Project spent more than $8,000 at local businesses in tournament expenses for concessions, banners, signs, t-shirts and trophies.
Along with tournament expenses, tourists coming from across the region spent money on food, hotels and other items to boost the Gallipolis economy. It has been reported to DRP that The Colony Club, Lorobi’s and Pip & Hud’s experienced huge sales increases due to The Hoop Project. Courtside Bar & Grille reportedly recorded their best day ever in terms of sales.
This year’s tournament had 155 teams participate — and increase from 120 teams in 2015 and 75 from the inaugural year — with players traveling from Gallia, Jackson, Meigs, Vinton, Chillicothe, West Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina. Full bracket results can be viewed at www.thehoopproject.com.
Ryan Muncy, of Chillicothe, earned the $1,000 prize for winning the Saunders Insurance Agency Dunk Contest.
Court sponsors included: City of Gallipolis, Elrod Memorial Court, Farmer’s Bank, Holzer Health Systems, Lorie Neal Memorial Court, Ohio Valley Bank, WesBanco Bank, The Wiseman Agency and Wiseman Real Estate.
Pleasant Valley Hospital and Marshall Orthopedics sponsored this year’s trophies and provided tournament medical care.
Other tournament sponsors include: O’Dell True Value Lumber, Evans Wealth Management, Gheen Rentals, Hilliard Lyons, Saunders & Noe, Saunders Insurance Agency, Toler & Toler Insurance, Ratliff’s Pool Center, First Church of the Nazarene, University of Rio Grande, Crossroad Bistro, French City Day Care, Gallia County Chamber of Commerce, Courtside Bar and Grill, Aaron’s Rentals, Tractor Supply, Rural King, O.O. McIntyre Park District, Gallipolis Elks Lodge 107, The Wiseman Agency and Tuscany Cuccini.