Sponsors back 3-on-3 tourney, US Embassy joins comp

The Trust Company of the Marshall Islands is putting up $500, MJCC has donated four MP3s players and other prizes, and the National Telecommunications Authority is donating cell phone calling cards as prizes for the 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Wednesday January 9 at the CMI court from 1pm. A total of 16 men's teams will compete, and US Ambassador Tom Armbruster is organizing a US Embassy team to join the competition —  The first time that a US Embassy team has joined in a local basketball competition.

Excitement is brewing for the 3-on-3 tournament that is scheduled as part of former NBA Coach Tom Newell's visit to the Marshall Islands this month. The single elimination tournament is offering local players a chance to show their competition abilities in the 3-on-3 format.

The Marshall Islands Basketball Federation is offering more than $500 in cash prizes, and other prizes for the winning teams. In addition, a 3-point shooting contest will offer hot-shot shooters a chance to win more prizes Wednesday afternoon at the CMI court. With the support of sponsoring businesses and companies, the top teams will walk away from the half-day tourney with great prizes.

The event is part of Coach Newell's 11-day visit to the Marshall Islands, which includes stops at Majuro, Kwajalein and Ebeye where he is leading coaching, player and referee clinics. The visit is sponsored by the US State Department's Sports Ambassador program, and is locally organized by the Marshall Islands Basketball Federation, the National Olympic Committee, Ministry of Internal Affairs, the College of the Marshall Islands, and FIBA Oceania.

Contact the NOC office, 625-7869, or Basketball Development Officer Mouj Lewi, 455-2405, to sign up a team or get more information. 

Photo: US Amb. Tom Armbruster (left) and Coach Tom Newell during Saturday's Level 2 Coach training at the CMI court.


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