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THE MACKER IS BACK in Olean!  Entries are now being accepted for the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament, to be played August 17-19 on Delaware Avenue in downtown Olean.  The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and its 54 corporate sponsors are co-sponsoring this Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament to Olean.
More than three thousand registration postcards will be mailed this month to team captains from tournaments held in Norwich, Hornell, Warren, Buffalo, and Olean last year.  Entry deadlines for teams interested in this year’s tournament are Friday, July 27 for applications that are submitted by mail, and Monday, July 30 for internet entries.  The entry fee for a four player teams is $132. 
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.
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 54 corporate sponsors, other major support for the event is being provided by Sparky Pizza, Third Base Bar & Grill, Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham, Adams Service, State Farm: Michael Conroy, Pepsi Cola, Universal Primary Care, Niagara Scenic Tours, RPJ Ready Print and the Jamestown Jackals.  Additionally, the important roles of media sponsorships are being provided by 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. A special sportsmanship medal is also awarded at each court for the team that exemplifies good sportsmanship.  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 Offline forms for registration via U.S. mail will be available at the Chamber office.
Want to play?
What: Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament
When: August 17-19
Where: Delaware and North Barry Streets, Downtown Olean
Cost: $132 per four-person team. Checks, Visa and Master Card will be accepted.
Entry deadlines: Friday, July 27 (mail), Monday, July 30 (online)
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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