Located just 15 minutes from the Eastern Washington campus, Spokane hosts the biggest basketball event in the Northwest; Hoopfest. Hoopfest is the biggest 3-on-3 street basketball tournament on the planet. That means over 7,000 teams, 3,000 volunteers, 250,000 fans, 458 courts spanning 42 downtown city blocks. It’s safe to say that Eastern Washington is a passionate basketball community!
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Parker Kelly, Garrett Moon, Tyler Harvey, and Fred Jorg were all in the Eastern Washington Booth in Riverfront Park signing autographs and taking pictures with kids throughout Hoopfest Weekend.
Even in a crowd of tens of thousands, Eastern Washington University basketball player Frederik Jörg stood out. At 7-foot-1, Jorg, a native of Korschenbroich, Germany, had a great chance to survey the sights and sounds of Hoopfest. “There’s nothing like it in Germany, not even close,” Jörg said as he walked through Riverfront Park with teammate Garrett Moon.
“I think it’s excellent, just sharing the love of basketall,” Jörg said. Jörg and Moon said they’d like to play, but that’s not an option for active college players. Not so for recent EWU alum Kevin Winford, who was parked at Nike Centre Court for the elite games. Winford, who just completed four years in Cheney, said he’d planned on competing with some former teammates, “but I didn’t get my registration in on time.” “Next time for sure,” Winford said.