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Sponsors step up for Gus Macker tournament

Published: Friday, May 9, 2014 9:22 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, May 12, 2014 9:42 p.m. CDT
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Sponsors for this year’s Gus Macker include, left to right: Mayor Dick Kopczick, Mike Cavalco of Republic Services, Sheriff Kevin Callahan, Jack Daly of WCSJ/WJDK, States Attorney Jason Helland, Christina Chapman-Van Yperen of the Morris Daily Herald/Minooka-Channahon Life and The Herald News, Paul Page of the Quality Inn, Julie Applegate of the Morris Downtown Development Partnership, Mary Beth DeGrush of the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau and Judy Smith of Grundy Bank. Not pictured: Zak Atwell of Walmart, Julie Gardner of ATI Physical Therapy, Tim Ortiz of Ortiz Eye and Hearing Associates and Jim Booi of Big R.
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Zak Atwell from Walmart presents Julie Applegate of the Morris Downtown Development Partnership with a check for $3,500 to be a sponsor for Gus Macker-Morris.

MORRIS – The original 3-on-3 basketball tournament known to all as “Gus Macker” will hit the streets of downtown Morris again this year. Celebrating its 12th year on the tour, the Morris Downtown Development Partnership is proud to host the event again.

The festival of basketball begins June 7 and continues through the division championships on June 8. The tournament is open to boys and girls in age brackets from 10 and under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, and 17-18. Adult divisions are open for age brackets that range up to 40, 50, 60 and over, with all levels of experience encouraged to play.

The MDDP hosts the tournament, but it would not be possible without the support of local sponsorship. Major support for the event is being provided by Walmart, Grundy Bank, ATI Physical Therapy, Ortiz Eye and Hearing Associates P.C., Big R, Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan, Grundy County State’s Attorney Jason Helland, The Herald-News, Republic Services and the Quality Inn.

Additionally, the important roles of media sponsorship are being provided by WCSJ/WJDK radio and the Morris Daily Herald/Minooka-Channahon Life.

Every player in the Macker is guaranteed at least three games. Those who do advance to the championship rounds can look forward to trophy presentations for first through third place.

Special sportsmanship medals also are awarded. All registered players also receive a T-shirt.

Julie Applegate, tournament director, noted that Gus Macker Morris has meant more than just a weekend of basketball to many. In fact, over the past 11 years, more than $100,000 has been given back to local not-forprofit organizations that have volunteered their time to work at the tournament.

Online registration will be accepted through the Gus Macker website, www.macker.com, or packets can be obtained from MDDP by calling 815-941-0245 or emailing mddp@downtownmorris.com. The entry fee for a four-person team is $140. Deadline to register is Friday for postmarked applications, or May 19 for online.

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