DENVER, July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hoop It Up will host the event of the year, the Hoop It Up Nationals & 3x3 Word Festival. The event will feature the latest in 3x3 basketball action playing under the fast paced, exciting new FIBA format in this one of a kind, indoor and fully air-conditioned event. The event will take place over Labor Day weekend (Aug 31 – Sept 1) at the prestigious 300-acre waterfront Gaylord National in National Harbor, MD.
The event will be the first qualifier for the 2014 USA Basketball National Tournament and winners of the Men's Top Gun division will receive a $4,000 prize. Winners of the Men's and Women's Top Gun divisions as well as U18 Boys and Girls divisions will qualify to compete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
During the World 3x3 Festival, the Americas U18 3x3 Championship will include a variety of international teams. The Hoop it Up Nationals event includes an AAU Youth Division, sanctioned by the Amateur Athletic Union of the U.S., Inc.
Athletes can register teams of four and receive two double-queen rooms at the Gaylord, free practice on Friday, a four to eight-game guarantee, four passes to the BBQ party on Saturday, discounted game tickets for spectators and entry into the dunk contest featuring a $500 cash prize for the winner. Saturday night also features a free concert. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, August 27, 2013, online at www.hoopitup.com or by calling 866-567-PLAY.
Hoop it Up 3x3, the premier 3x3 basketball tour in the United States, is a key FIBA partner in the global network of open tournaments, from grassroots to the FIBA 3x3 World Tour. With over 250 million players worldwide and ranked among the most played recreational sports on the planet, 3x3 basketball is increasingly becoming a key driver for the development of basketball. One of the biggest strengths of 3x3 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.
About Hoop It Up
Hoop It Up is the original 3x3 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 3x3 Basketball, Kick It 3v3 Soccer, Let It Fly Flag Football, Sticks Up Lacrosse, Rock the Box Lacrosse and The USA Sports Festivals. Currently NASG produces more than 100 events per year across the country.
SOURCE North American Sports Group