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3on3 Xtravaganza returns to Arlington


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Participants take part in last year's 3on3 Xtravaganza at the Arlington Airport.

It's that time of the year again when one of the biggest basketball tournaments in Western Washington is getting ready for tip off. The Arlington 3on3 Xtravaganza will be held at the Arlington Airport from Aug. 13-14.

The tournament started its modern era about five years ago in 2011, when the Boys & Girls Club gave control of the 3 on 3 tournament to Arlington's AAU youth basketball program, called A-Town Hoops. It started out with approximately 140 teams and has grown tremendously every year reaching up into the low 200s. With basketball fans and the families of participants, thousands of spectators attend the tournament every year.

When talking about the decision to use the Arlington Airport, Eric Tregoning, 3on3X President, said, "We heard the airport was an option and decided to explore it. Once we did, I fell in love with the location. Room for camping, plenty of room for hoops, room for growth, plenty of parking, airplanes flying overhead, and a view of the mountains."

With all of that room the tournament hosts brackets of teams ranging from third-grade all the way through adults. This makes the tournament a family affair as many families travel to compete and also take part in the overnight camping at the venue. Taking a look behind the scenes, families are also working together to put the event on.

"My entire family stays busy with many tasks leading up to the event. My wife Kelli with the banking, mail and tons of errands for me. My oldest daughter Teal, programs the music, takes phone calls and helps all weekend. Next daughter Tabbi, manages the social media and is our graphics design artist. My son Sam, aside from being a participant, helps with many tasks during the event. Other team members also help. Jeff Bryson, tapes courts, assembles volunteer teams, and acquires sponsors and vendors. Heather Jones, does some mass emailing, helps with media, organizing and score keepers, and Doug Diel does a great job installing banners, acquiring equipment, forklifts, golf carts, trailers, etc ,. as well as working very hard during setup and take down. All these folks, and many more, including their family members, do so much more every year and I can't thank them enough," said Tregoning.

3on3X is a nonprofit and all of the proceeds from the event go toward charities and helping the youth basketball programs around the surrounding areas. The main charity that the tournament will be donating to is the Relay for Life, put on by the American Cancer Society.

If you are looking for more information about the tournament you can check out or call 206-317–1993.


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