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08/07/2012 05 Audience Participation Distribute t t e� Meeting � j -„ r 3 - ON - 3 T OURNEY DOWNTOWN YAKIMA FACT SHEET • Hot Shots was established in 2003 as one of three Signature Events of the Yakima Valley Sports Commission. Hot Shots was patterned after Spokane's Hoopfest, the largest 3 -on -3 Tourney in the world. • Hot Shots is second - largest 3 -on -3 tourney in the state of Washington and the third - largest in the Pacific Northwest. It brings an estimated 12,000 people to downtown. • Over the past several years, an emphasis has been to bring in more out -of -town teams. Of the 447 participating teams in 2011, 232 were from outside the City of Yakima and 82 were from outside Yakima County. Hot Shots cross promotes with several 3 -on -3 tourneys around the Northwest including Walla Walla, Boise, and Hermiston. • Hot Shots is one of the few community events that involve people from all over the Yakima County. The event attracts all socio- economic levels. • The revenue from Hot Shots, and the other Signature Events, is used by the Sports Commission to attract other sporting events and bolster the local economy. • The first Hot Shots Tourney featured 200 teams playing on 24 courts. Nine years later in 2011, Hot Shots had 447 teams playing on 36 courts. • Hot Shots Team Entries Year -By -Year 2003 200 2008 290 2004 270 2009 319 2005 241 2010 366 2006 268 2011 447 2007 265 • More than 100 volunteers are required to put on Hot Shots. • In the past, the Sports Commission worked with CDY to ensure that Yakima Avenue is cleaner after Hot Shots than before the event. Over the years, the Sports Commission donated money and equipment to CDY and allowed the organization to host a pancake feed at Hot Shots. • Recognizing its value for exposing Yakima and its downtown to thousands of people, the tournament has strong support by the majority of downtown businesses and organizations. See other side - L i 3 -0N -3 TOURNEY DOWNTOWN YAKIMA Statements of Support from Yakima Organizations and Businesses "Hot Shots 3 -On -3 Basketball Tournament. Fun to participate, fun to watch, and fun to even volunteer. Thanks Sports Commission for bringing this great community event every year to the streets of downtown Yakima. It's always a blast." Joe Mann, Ron's Coin and Book "As the Manager of Wheatland Bank, I welcome and appreciate the exposure that Hot Shots has brought to the downtown community. We have found Hot Shot's to be a well -run program that is dedicated to leaving our city streets better than they were before they arrived. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Yakima Sports Commission/ Visitors and Convention Bureau and look forward to continuing this partnership for many years." Kristi Foster Wheatland Bank "Hot -Shots is getting bigger every year and the overall commerce it brings to the Downtown corridor is great. We need to build on this type of successful event and continue to support the positive things that our happening in our community and downtown like Hotshots!" Verlynn Best, Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce "The Hilton Garden Inn supports the Yakima Valley Sports Commission and the Hot Shots 3 -On -3 Basketball Tourney. Yakima needs to showcase its downtown area and Hot Shots is a family event that brings in people from throughout the county and all over the state. We hope Hot Shots continues to grow!" Elizabeth McGree, Hilton Garden Inn "I have worked downtown for the past 11 years. With our office downtown and our season occurring the same time as the tournament, I see first -hand how it positively affects downtown businesses. I believe that the Hot Shots tournament is the best event in Yakima. It brings visitors to town significantly contributing money to the economy, it brings people downtown and exposures them to businesses they wouldn't normally see, and it serves as a huge component to quality of life giving local kids the chance to compete and have fun playing basketball. The organizers have been great to work with and they are very conscientious of our business. I feel it's vital to have this event in the heart of Yakima which is downtown. This event has been a great thing for downtown Yakima." K.L. Wombacher, Yakima Bears 4 „,A SPORTS 'yMsS