August 17 - Corporate Sponsor Appreciation Day
posted August 8, 2018

Olean Gus Macker has scheduled Friday, August 17th as the CELLone Friday FunFest.  A part of the FunFest will be the Sponsors Tournament -- open to all sponsors who would like to participate in a mini 3 on 3 basketball tourney.  (This is not the same as the actual Gus Macker 3-on-3.)  The players on your team must be actual employees (or spouse), and consist of at least two females.  The mini tournament is played to 8, win by 2, or 12 minutes which ever comes first. Registration begins at 5:30 PM, games starts at 6 PM.  Last year’s corporate sponsor tournament winner was a team from Edward J. Bysiek CPA.  Who will have the bragging rights this year?
Registration for the Sat/Sun tourney will be held on Friday, August 17th from 4 to 7 p.m. outside the Covered Wagon garage on North Barry Street and Delaware Avenue in Olean.  For more information or to register a team, please call the Macker Headquarters, Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce office at 372-4433 by August 15th.  



Macker Opening Ceremonies Scheduled
posted August 7, 2018

Each year at every Gus Macker held throughout the nation, the opening ceremonies of the tournament occur on Saturday of the weekend activities at 8 a.m.  It’s to open that particular festival, to ramp up the competition, the fun, and the excitement.
Olean’s Macker has had a number of opening ceremonies with some neat activities – the first year of Macker in 2008, when it was held in conjunction with the Rally in the Valley, the late Louie Magnano drove on his motor trike the basketball and the Macker mascot to the top men’s court for the ceremony with a parade of other motorcycles from the Rally committee.  We have also had Mayor Aiello, Don Scholla, Colleen Taggerty among others do the do or die shot; there has also been the basketball blessings by Sr. Regina Aman and Fr. Greg Dobson; and the national anthem sung by Leslie Moffet and Kirk & Kellen Gilbert.
For the 11th Annual Macker in Olean, the committee has scheduled Fr. Patrick Melfi, pastor of both St. John’s and Basilica of St. Mary’s in Olean to bless the courts, basketballs and players.   He will pray for all safe in play, and that the ref and volunteers are appreciated.  The committee also has Olean High School 2018 senior, Julia Rakus singing the National Anthem. 

A special part of the opening ceremonies is the Do Or Die Shot.  The local Macker invites a dignitary or someone special to represent that town’s tournament to make the three point shot.  The tournament does not start until that shot is made.
The committee immediately thought of a member of the Frank Martin family to be that someone special to kick off this basketball tourney.  Frank Martin passed away this past March shortly after the final four-playoff games in which he coached the Allegany Limestone Lady Gators, the first time in Allegany-Limestone history.  Coach Martin always went the extra mile with his teams.  For big games, he would decorate their lockers.  He created special bonds and he truly loved each one of them as his own.  Today he would love that everyone is playing a game that he loved so much.  He would want people to play hard, but most importantly have fun and enjoy the tournament with friends and family.
The three-day festival of basketball begins on Friday, August 17, with a Corporate Cup Basketball Contest

and early registration and continues through the division championships on Sunday, August 19. 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.  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

Gus Macker Looking for Some Assists!

GUS MACKER OLEAN is back on the 2018 Schedule!  Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball, America's largest outdoor basketball tournament, will be held in Olean August 17-19, 2018. GOACC anticipates having 250 teams and 8,000 spectators from a 100-mile radius to attend the 3-day event and see this as a great opportunity to showcase Olean.  Last year, two hundred teams played with 748 registered players.

GOACC is looking for businesses and/or individuals to become sponsors in an event that will benefit the entire city of Olean.  The sponsor form provides an overview of the opportunities and benefits of supporting the tournament, and proposes ways in which the local business community can become involved. 

There are several in-kind sponsorships available as well.  If you are a restaurant business, the event would love your gift cards to your restaurant in exchange for the cash to pay for the sponsorship level.  Also, the event needs several items that your business may have in house or you may even sell them at your business.  In exchange of the items, your business would  receive a sponsorship level in the amount of the value of the donation.  The items include cases of water bottles, cases of Gatorade, man-hours to scorekeep or to register; and sandwiches/subs or pizza to feed volunteers.

If you are a related retail store, there are vendor forms available to reserve your spot at the Macker.

Meme K. Yanetsko, GOACC COO, stated, “Please consider participation through a sponsorship or as a vendor that best meets your needs and be secure in the knowledge that your sponsorship fee will be used directly to manage this event with excess revenue being brought back out to non-profit organizations.”

Yanetsko added, “GOACC would like to thank its 54 corporate sponsors who have stepped up and funded the $10,000 tournament fee to Macker National for our 2018 event.” 

Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball is America's largest outdoor basketball tournament.  The Macker Tournament is designed so that anyone can play: male or female, young and old, short and tall, the most experienced or no experience at all. Since 1987, the Macker tour has expanded, holding a total of 972 tournaments with over 2.2 million players – male and female from 7 years old to 50+ - and more than 23 million spectators.  For more information, please call GOACC at 716-372-4433 or email


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