CARROLL -- The Carroll Chamber of Commerce will host the 13th Annual Hoop It Up youth basketball tournament the last weekend in February, and the deadline to enter teams is less than a month away.
The tournament â€“ which is for boys in grades 3 to 9 and girls in grades 5 to 8 â€“ is in its 13th year and is set for Feb. 23 and 24. The games are played at eight gyms around town, at Carroll and Kuemper Catholic schools and the Carroll Recreation Center.
â€œHoop It Up is a great event for this community as it showcases our progressive, revitalized city,â€ said Kurt Baumhover, who first organized the tournament 13 years ago and serves as tournament director. â€œWe're able to show off everything Carroll has to offer to approximately 3,000 people in a two-day span.â€
Baumhover looks forward to the excitement Hoop It Up brings to the community every year.
â€œEveryone puts their best foot forward,â€ Baumhover said, noting the numerous volunteers and organizations who step up to help with the tournament, including the Carroll and Kuemper Booster Club volunteers who work admissions and local organizations who run concession stands. â€œIt says a lot to be in our 13th year. Many teams chose the Carroll Hoop It Up to be their last tournament of the year because we not only have great school facilities, but also great hotels to accommodate them, great restaurants and great retail stores.â€
The Carroll Chamber hosts the event to help draw visitors to Carroll in an effort to boost the city's hotels, restaurants and businesses. Sixty-eight teams competed last year. Over 40 are registered so far for this year's tournament.
Mark Nepple, who chairs the Chamber's Hoop It Up committee says the event not only highlights the talented homegrown players, but the town as a well.
â€œOur young players and families travel all over for tournaments like this one, so it's nice to be able to have one in our community that not only brings talent to our town, but also shows off what Carroll has to offer,â€ Nepple said. â€œWhether it be shopping, dining or just enjoying the close knit community that I get to call home, it's a great way to bring people here.â€
Carroll Chamber of Commerce â€¢ PO Box 307, 407 W Fifth, Carroll, Iowa 51401 â€¢ (712) 792-4383 â€¢ www.carrolliowa.com
Members of the Hoop It Up committee are: Kurt Baumhover, tournament director, Mark Nepple, chair, Andy Reiman,
Brent Kjellberg, Nick Greteman, Kyle Christensen, Pat Venteicher, Justin Yetmar, Della Lappe, John Perrin, and Travis
Online registration and more information for the tournament is at www.carrolliowa.com/hoop-it-up.