It was Cambridge’s turn this weekend to host the latest edition of the three-on-three Gus Macker Basketball Tournament.
About 300 teams gathered this week to try their hand at the title of champion. Facilities Coordinator of Cambridge City Parks says it’s an event everyone can participate in.
“It’s fun because you see kids from 9 and 10 years old up to the 40 and 50 year old guys still playing,” said Fergeson. “We have a great park atmosphere here and a lot of the people have been back. This is year nine for us, so a lot of them continue to come back. It’s a real good thing and we like bringing people out to our park.”
Fergeson says even though they have 50 less teams participating this year, Macker has a great effect on the city.
“The hotels are full and the restaurants are busy,” he said. “A lot of people are here playing basketball. It’s not just basketball, it’s family entertainment and the park system gets to make a little bit of money out of it. A lot of money is put back into the community and that’s what it’s all about.”
In the past, Macker has raised more than $200,000 for the parks system. Fergeson says they’ve used the money for projects such as lighting on the little league fields and a walking trail.