Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
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Every year, around 800 teams descend upon Ludington to compete at Stearns Park, with thousands more coming as spectators.
The popularity of the Ludington Gus Macker is partly due to its location–basketball hoops are set up along Lakeshore Drive and Stearns Outer Drive, with Lake Michigan just steps away. The view, the cool breezes, and the expansive beach provide the perfect setting for the heated competition. It is usually the largest Macker tournament in the United States.
Due to restrictions regarding the COVID-19 virus, the 2020 and 2021 Gus Macker Tournaments in Ludington are canceled. Organizers are hopeful that the event will return in 2022.
History of the Ludington Gus Macker
The tournament was born back in 1974 in Lowell, Michigan. Scott McNeal (alias Gus Macker) got together with 18 friends and $18 to play a friendly 3-on-3 basketball game in his parent’s driveway. The tournament continued to grow, and due to the tremendous interest from outside communities, it took to the road and moved its home base from Lowell to Belding in 1987. Today, Macker is played in outdoor and indoor courts in over 75 cities throughout the country, drawing over 200,000 players and 1.7 million spectators. But even with this growth, it continues to feel like a “hometown” game. The Gus Macker tournament is always a wholesome activity for all ages and talent levels.
2020 would have marked the 29th anniversary of Gus Macker in Ludington but, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament had to be canceled. The tournament has also been cancelled for 2021 due to restrictions still in place.
Because of its longevity and beautiful location, the Ludington Gus Macker Committee and the Ludington & Scottville Chamber of Commerce were inducted into the Gus Macker Hall of Fame in 2018.
To register or find more information on the Ludington Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, visit macker.com.
Gus Macker Community Donations
In the 28 years of Macker in Ludington, over $300,000 has been returned to the area’s schools to purchase uniforms and equipment. These teams donate their time in setting up hoops, fences, and cleaning up. In order to make the tournament run smoothly, nearly 400 other volunteers are needed, from checking-in participants to being a Gus Buster.
For more information on the Ludington Gus Macker Tournament, please contact the event organizer:
Ludington/Scottville Chamber of Commerce
5300 W. US 10, Ludington, MI 49431