Spokane Hosts Another Successful Hoopfest
Spokane recently completed another successful Hoopfest, the largest 3-on-3 basketball festival in the world. Kirkpatrick & Startzel has been involved, in one form or another, with Hoopfest from its inception. Hoopfest started in 1990 with a little over 200 teams and has grown leaps and bounds since then. Hoopfest 2018 involved over 420 courts; over 6,000 teams; and over 24,000 players.
Hoopfest takes place the last weekend of June. On a typical Saturday during Hoopfest, there are over 250,000 people in Downtown Spokane sweating; cheering; yelling; and celebrating all that is basketball. Hoopfest’s economic impact in Spokane is approaching $50 million for a weekend event.
Kirkpatrick & Startzel attorneys, employees and family members have participated in a variety of different ways. Many have participated on the court playing 3-on-3. Others have generously volunteered their time, including working with team check-in; stuffing T-shirt bags; score keeping; monitoring courts; and serving as a marshal. Hoopfest is successful, in large part, due to over 3,000 volunteers. Kirkpatrick & Startzel is proud to have volunteered and promoted this great and enduring civic event.
Hoopfest not only sponsors a fantastic weekend of basketball—it has expanded into other ventures. Spokane Hoopfest Association sponsors a basketball league; Ignite Basketball Association, a community- and school-based outreach program; it has built over 30 community basketball courts; and donated over $16 million to local charities. Kirkpatrick & Startzel is proud to be intricately involved in all that is Spokane and likewise proud to be intimately involved with Hoopfest.
By: Todd Startzel