by Eric Oslund
Elk River’s inaugural Huddle on the Hardwood 3-versus-3 basketball tournament will take place Saturday, July 29, at Elk River High School.
Doors open at 9 a.m. and anyone not registered that wants to participate is allowed to show up before 10 a.m. and register on site. Members running the tournament will try to place those last-minute registrations on a team or try to make a team with other walk-up players.
This will be a double-elimination style basketball tournament that is open to any participants from the community.
Other events include: Skill sessions, pick-up games in the parking lot, pay to play ($1) 3-point and half-court shooting competitions, dunk competition, apparel vending, tailgating and picnicking in the parking lot and front lawn, along with yard and lawn games.
The cost is $25 per player for the tournament, with all proceeds from the event going to support Elk River Boys and Girls Youth Basketball scholarship programs that help families with costs for basketball registration.
‘Survivor’-style charity event returns
Last year, Brandon Nelson, a 2013 graduate of Rogers High School and the host and founder of the Live to Give varsity competition, put on the inaugural “Survivor”-styled charity event in Elk River-Rogers area and was able to raise $2,710.
Competitors showed up to the Nelson residence on Sylvan Lake a year ago to compete against one another in a number of competitions, trying not to be voted off throughout the day.
This year, instead of a one-day event, they have turned it into a three-day, overnight competition that will take place July 28-30.
So far they have raised $11,700 for charity and will also be doing a fundraiser and food drive for CROSS.