Strawberry Fest will include 3-on-3 basketball tourney

Provided photos: Participants gather for a photo in the debut “Bounce for Bullard” basketball tournament on May 28 and May 29.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 June 2022 at 11:32 am

ALBION – The return of the Albion Strawberry Festival will include a new 3-on-3 basketball tournament. That event will be a fundraiser towards new basketball courts at Bullard Park.

A committee working on the courts held their first 3-on-3 “Bounce for Bullard” tournament on May 28-29 on Platt Street outside Dubby’s Tailgate. That tourney raised $1,500 for the new courts and included a guest appearance from Roosevelt Bouie, a Hall of Fame basketball player at Kendall High School and then Syracuse University. He played professionally in Italy for a dozen years averaging over 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Teams are encouraged to register by Friday for Saturday’s tournament but can still sign up after the parade on Saturday. The action starts 12:30 on Saturday. The tournament is limited to junior and senior high players. Cost is $20 per team. Each team can have three or four players and is open to girls and boys.

For more information about registering, email Susan Oschmann, the tournament coordinator, at Entry fees can be paid through Venmo @Susan-Oschmann or work out the details with her through email or in person at the tournament location. Oschmann said she will be there at Friday after 5 p.m. setting up for the tournament and the free throw area.

Bouie will serve as host of the event with courts on West Bank Street. There will be bleachers set up too to watch.

The group also is doing a free-throw shooting fundraiser near the courts. For $1 donation, people will receive a T-shirt from Syracuse University. The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation donated thousands of shirts to the Bullard Basketball court cause. Those shirts also are available for a donation to the new courts at the village park.

Kyle Radder drives to the basket during a 3-on-3 basketball tournament on May 28-29 outside Dubby’s Tailgate on Platt Street in Albion.