March Madness tournament

By Callie Leahy 

Does your neighborhood have March Madness? Gather your neighbors and create your own community 3-on-3 basketball tournament with a charitable cause in mind!

Getting Started

To get started, you’ll need a sign-up sheet, basketball hoop — and preferably more than one —  or community court, basketballs, bottled water, first aid kit, poster board and markers, and a few volunteers for refereeing and concessions.

Determining Teams and Brackets

Ask door to door, or host a sign up drive to get your neighbors involved. Have them write down their name and age to help set the teams then pair up participants of similar age by creating brackets for each tournament. Also, pass out rules and instructions for playing a 3-on-3 game so players of all skill levels can participate.

Set up

Utilize multiple courts for each round of the tournament by running games simultaneously. You’ll need a ref, hydration station and cheering section for each court. Once every team has played, the winners can advance to the playoffs and consolidate to a single court for the final game.

Tournament For a Cause

Are you wondering how you can turn your tournament into a fundraiser for a cause? Start by charging a small entry fee for participants and spectators. You can also raise money by asking local businesses and organizations to sponsor your tournament.

Create awareness

Create posters, fliers and signs for your fundraiser. Include directions to the tournament, information about your cause and how to donate both during and after the tournament.

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