FIBA Endorses Hoop It Up 3×3 to Host Qualifying US Tournaments
CHICAGO, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Hoop It Up 3×3 has been endorsed by FIBA to host three qualifying tournaments in the United States for the FIBA 3×3 World Masters Qualifier in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The first Hoop It Up qualifying event in Tampa, FL was a rousing success and the next two events in Louisville, KY (June 22-23) and Denver, CO (June 29-30) promise to be even bigger.
Hoop It Up qualifying winners are eligible to participate in San Juan, Puerto Rico in one of five FIBA Masters qualifiers to compete for $20,000 in prize money and a spot in the World Masters Final in Istanbul, Turkey, October 4-5, 2013. The FIBA 3×3 World Tour is the pinnacle event of an ‘open’ network of FIBA endorsed tournaments, for which any group of four players – regardless of their nationality – can potentially qualify by registering a team and taking part in a lower level or regional tournament, eventually making their way to one of the five world Masters, and the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final.
Hoop It Up 3×3, the premier 3×3 basketball tour in the United States, is a key FIBA partner in the global network of open tournaments, from grassroots to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour. In addition to the 3×3 World Tour, FIBA has launched National Team FIBA 3×3 World Championships as part of the effort on gaining Olympic status. With over 250 million players worldwide and ranked among the most played recreational sports on the planet, 3×3 basketball is increasingly becoming a key driver for the development of basketball. One of the biggest strengths of 3×3 is its simplicity both in terms of the rules and facilities, allowing it to be held in the most spectacular settings, using iconic landmarks as backdrops.
Beyond ensuring a sustained growth in the number of basketball players, FIBA has created a worldwide sports community through a network of hundreds of organizers, thousands of tournaments and millions of players. The online community 3x3planet.com interconnects all of these thanks to the latest digital technology. HoopItUp.com will soon be fully integrated with 3x3planet.com.
2013 HOOP IT UP 3×3 Men’s Open Division Regional Qualifiers:
Winners go to the 2013 FIBA Master’s Tour in San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Tampa April 20-21
- Louisville June 22-23
- Denver June 29-30
2013 FIBA 3X3 Masters Tour:
Winners go to FIBA World Tour Finals in Istanbul, Turkey
- Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Dates: August 10(th) – 11(th)
- Teams provide transportation to event; FIBA to cover event accommodations, meals, and local event transportation
- Any Age/Any Height – (Open/Elite Men’s Division)
- Prize money US$ 20,000
2013 FIBA 3X3 World Tour Finals:
- Location: Istanbul, Turkey
- Dates: October 4-5
- Prize money US$ 20,000
Sign up to play in the Hoop It Up 3×3 qualifying events at hoopitup.com or call (888) 997-PLAY (7529).
About Hoop It Up
Hoop It Up is the original 3×3 national grassroots street ball tour established in 1989 by the NBA reaching more than 500,000 athletes over the past two decades. North American Sports Group, with offices in Saratoga Springs, NY, and Denver, CO., is the owner operator of the grassroots sports properties Hoop It Up 3×3 Basketball, Kick It 3v3 Soccer, Let It Fly Flag Football, Sticks Up Lacrosse and The USA Sports Festivals. Currently NASG produces more than 100 events per year across the country.
SOURCE North American Sports Group; Hoop It Up