Three-on-three basketball tournament planned

Basketball enthusiasts from around the region will gather for a weekend tournament next month.

Basketball enthusiasts from around the region will gather for a weekend tournament next month.

The three-on-three tournament will be held Sept. 14 and 15 at the outdoor basketball courts at Summerland Middle School.

Abhishek Lekhi, organizer of the tournament, said players will compete in under 16, under 13 and open divisions for male and female players.

All players are guaranteed four games.

“It should be pretty exciting,” he said.

“I’m hoping there are going to be a lot of good players out there.”

Basketball B.C. is one of the event sponsors and will offer some prizes.

Lekhi is also looking for additional sponsors.

He said the weekend event is to raise money for basketball facilities in Summerland and to bolster the game.

“I’m hoping to promote the sport of basketball while having fun,” he said.

Around a dozen years ago, Summerland Secondary School had strong basketball teams and the sport drew more players and more spectators than it does today.

In spring, Lekhi circulated a petition asking for improvements to the Summerland Secondary School gym.

He said the gym has many problems, including a floor which cannot sustain a grip.

The outdoor area at the middle school does not have the necessary lines marked on it and does not have the lighting needed for evening play.

Those interested in participating in the tournament or providing sponsorship are asked to call Lekhi at 778-931-2197 or visit stadiumroar.com/summerland3on3basketball.