Blazers Plan Rip City Fun

Youth line up for a 3-on-3 tourney

Area youth are lining up to play in the annual Trail Blazers “Rip City 3 on 3” basketball tournament presented by Les Schwab Tire Centers coming to the Rose Quarter campus the weekend of July 28-29, featuring basketball clinics, classes and contests. The team registration deadline is Friday, July 20 by visiting ripcity3on3.com.

The Blazers are partnering with Positive Coaching Alliance, an organization whose mission is to transform youth sports culture into a development zone where all youth and high school athletes have a positive, character-building experience that results in better athletes and better people.

During the tournament, PCA will host 30-minute Chalk Talks for parents, coaches and athletes focusing on the benefits of building a positive culture in youth sports. Tournament attendees under the age of 14 can take part in Nike youth clinics hosted by Trail Blazers youth coaches focusing on learning specific basketball skills and drills.

Other events taking place the weekend of the tournament include the Toyota Youth Skills Challenge; a 3-Point Contest and Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. Rip City 3-on-3 will utilize a tournament format consisting of pool play beginning Saturday morning, leading into exciting single-elimination playoffs on Sunday.

The tournament will feature 52 courts staged throughout the Rose Quarter campus, with a variety of divisions for male and female players available for registration.