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THE MACKER IS on the schedule in Olean! Entries are now being accepted for the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament, to be played August 20-22 on Delaware Avenue in downtown Olean. The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and its 46 corporate sponsors are co-sponsoring this Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament to Olean.
More than three thousand registration postcards were mailed this week to team captains from tournaments held in Norwich, Hornell, Warren, Buffalo, and Olean last year. An additional 7,000 were sent out late May to schools in Allegany, Chautauqua, McKean and Cattaraugus Counties. Entry deadlines for teams interested in this year’s tournament are Friday, July 30 for applications that are submitted by mail, and Monday, August 2 for internet entries. The entry fee for a four player teams is $140.
The three-day festival of basketball begins on Friday, August 20, with a Corporate Cup Basketball Contest and early registration; and continues through the division championships on Sunday, August 22. The tournament is open to players of all ages and experience levels who are computer-matched by age, height and experience so that all participants can be competitive.
Meme K. Yanetsko, GOACC COO reported, “Gus Macker National was not sure how 2021 would play out across the states in regards to tournaments. In a normal year, the Macker would be played in 35-45 cities. Macker staff met with the six New York State city hosts early in Jan/Feb. Olean was always planning to host if allowed. When the 2021 Macker calendar hit online, it showed Ithaca and Olean as the only two in NYS. Just recently, we were told that Ithaca was moving to 2022 – leaving Olean as the sole site in NYS.”
How does this leave Olean’s thinking? Mrs. Yanetsko added, “We always pull from our ‘sister’ communities that host Mackers in NYS. We rely on each other for teams, refs, and even sponsors – it’s a little intimidating to be the only in 2021. Our big concern is trucking. Each city has to go out and get the baskets and such from the city(ies) earlier in the schedule and get them to Olean. So easy peasy – heading two semis up to Ithaca --– now we have to go to Belding or Otsego, MI!”
The tournament, based on basketball played in driveways throughout the U.S., will include players who have no experience to those who have played college and semi-professional basketball. Primarily based on their age and level of experience, players will be placed in divisions where they will be most evenly matched. Depending on the number of teams placed in a specific division, players and the teams they’re on will be playing for first- and second- and third trophies. Also teams that finish last in their divisions could receive “Toilet bowl” trophies.
In addition to the Chamber’s corporate sponsors, other major support for the event is being provided by Sparky Pizza, Third Base Bar & Grill, Universal Primary Care, Duggan and Duggan, Paul Brown Chevy, Financial Services, Howard Hanna Professional, Fairfield Inn, Olean Area Federal Credit Union, and Peacemaker Mediation. Additionally, the important roles of media sponsorships are being provided by WBRR, WMXO-FM and WPIG-FM.
Every player in the Macker is guaranteed at least three games, so no matter how you fare the first time on the court, you’re not out by any means. Those who do make it on to the championship rounds can look forward to trophy presentations for first through third places. All registered players also receive t-shirts for participating in the event, which is made by possible by area sponsors.
Registrations forms are available online www.macker.com
For information on the Gus Macker tournament, sponsorships and volunteer opportunities, please contact the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 716-372-4433 or email.
Second Part of Three StrOlean Events Set for August 13
The next edition of Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce’s StrOlean event is set for Friday, August 13, with the final one set for Friday, October 1.
“Normally held in connection with our Gus Macker event, we decided to keep this StrOlean the week before Macker this year. The reasoning behind it would be to give our merchants and restaurants throughout the area to have two separate events to bring people into their business, instead of one huge one,” reported Meme K. Yanetsko, GOACC COO.
The first StrOlean of 2021 was a success with more than 34 organizations throughout the area selling or organizing an event.
“We are encouraging businesses, non-profits and school groups to start now and plan to participate in one or all StrOlean,” stated Erica Dreher, GOACC Member Services Director. There are several ways for one to participate at StrOlean, which can be fundraisers too!
POPUP MARKET: If your business is a brick and mortar store, GOACC would like for you to host an event outside your store, host sales/info table inside/outside your store, or if you are a restaurant, we would like you to vend outside your store. As an existing storefront, there will be no fee to participate, but the Chamber would like you to fill out the application.
For those wishing to vend throughout the Olean area, the Pop Up Market will include arts & crafts, artisans, catalog/home party, farm market stands, artwork, jewelry and more!
EVENT ORGANIZER: Is your organization looking for a fundraiser event? GOACC is also encouraging organizations to come on down and create an event that would benefit their organization. StrOlean would love to have organizations host events during the day such as: a planned Walk, Story Time, a tasting station, a sport demonstrations, 5K/1K Fun Run, outside fitness class, strolling chorus, baby races, children’s activities, and a bunch other ideas. There would be no charge to run the event. The event would be included in the overall promotion, poster, Facebook, etc. However, GOACC still suggest they do some small promotion on their separate event and market to their captive audience.
Past StrOlean events included Band concert on JCC Lawn, free wine tasting and appetizers at the store, Plinko game, Max Out Deadlift Competition, Parking Lot Party, Tap for tips, Strolling with mobile used book give away cart, chair massages, static display of large model aircraft, Open gym, and Zany Zumbathon.
FOOD SPOT: GOACC is encouraging food vendors to come and serve up some food. There is an application for those businesses wishing to open a Food spot during the StrOlean Fest. An existing restaurant will still need to fill out the food application.
Applications can be found on the Chamber’s website, www.oleanny.com. For more information or registration forms, please call GOACC at 716-372-4433 or email.
GOACC EVENTs Bookmark
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce hosts many events throughout the year. Specific event information is listed to the left under the event name. Details such as schedule of events, registration, volunteer, fees, and sponsorship opportunities are all contained.
The Greater Olean Area has a wide range of events for all seasons and all ages!! Please use the arrow buttons to search through to the month you are visiting our area. Click on a specific event to get more information on that event if it has been provided. Please contact the event organizers or GOACC ahead of time to ensure the accuracy of the events before you make any plans. To add your event, please send all event information to GOACC by mail GOACC, 301 North Union Street, Olean, NY 14760; fax (716) 372-7912; or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.