ABERDEEN – A basketball tournament will be hosted June 15 at Aberdeen Park and Recreation’s gym to raise funds for court improvements at two of the city’s parks.

“We want to redo the courts at General Young Park and mount goals there and at Newberger Park. If the gym isn’t open, people will have places to play basketball. The courts haven’t been resurfaced in 15, 20 years. We have the goals but don’t want to put them in on a bad surface,” said park and recreation department director Michelle Stewart.

Her goal through the Let’s See Who Can Ball tournament is $10,000, and she has reached out to businesses about sponsorships. Sponsors will have their names listed on the tournament’s banner.

There will be 35 and older and 35 and younger leagues for men and women. For the 3-on-3 tournament, a maximum of five players can be on the roster for the 35 and older teams. For the 35 and younger teams, the youngest player must be at least 20, and there can be a maximum of four players.

There will also be 5-on-5 tournament divisions for ages 12 and younger; 14 and younger; and 15 to 17 for boys and girls.

MVP and first-place trophies will be given to the winners.

“I think it will be a good turnout. It’s my first really big fundraiser, and we’re asking the town and community to pitch in. It doesn’t have to be monetary; people can volunteer with concessions,” Stewart said.

She wants her department to host a fun day at General Young and Newberger parks and also have a fundraiser for the senior citizen program to raise money for more outings.

Registration for June 15’s tournament, which starts at 8 a.m, is $80 for the 3-on-3 teams and $100 for the 5-on-5 teams. The deadline to register is June 12, and the rules and schedule will be available June 13.

For more information, call 369-9562.

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