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Second annual basketball tournament Saturday at Rufus Stewart Park


By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

  Area youngsters are invited to lace up their basketball shoes this weekend for a budding tradition in McDonough.

L. to r.: Councilman Rufus Stewart stands with Shoal Creek Baptist Pastor Michael Price in front of the basketball court where their 3 on 3 tournament will be held.       Photo by Nick Vassy

  The Second Annual Street Hoops 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament is set for June 7 at 10 a.m., at Rufus Stewart Park located at 300 Simpson Street in McDonough. The double-elimination event is being presented by Samaritan Outreach Ministries and Shoal Creek Baptist Church.

  Prizes and trophies will be awarded in each division and double elimination round. The competition will be divided into three age groups: ages 12-13, 14-15, and 16-18. If enough people, ages 19-25, show up for the tournament, a division will be created for them as well.

  Councilman Stewart said the purpose of the tournament is to help bring kids in the community together and keep them active in a positive way during the summer.

  “At the same time, we’ll be mentoring them also,” he said. “We’ll also have a health fair on the site.”

  About 100 kids participated in last year’s tournament. Stewart said he is hoping for the same or better turnout on Saturday.

  Activities at the park will include a voter registration drive, health screenings, drug and alcohol counseling, and free tests for HIV and sexually-transmitted diseases. A military recruiter will also be on hand, and back-to-school supplies will be available during the event.

  For more information call 678-834-9699 or visit



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