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April 15, 2014 > 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

Submitted By Tony Silveira

Union City Youth and Family Services (YFS) announces its 3rd annual basketball tournament at Contempo Park in Union City. Held on Saturday, April 26, this is a free to register and play event to bring the community together and let them know about the services that YFS offers.

YFS is a city Violence Prevention & Intervention program that works with high risk violent youth and young adults. This program focuses on keeping youth safe from being a victim or perpetrator of violence; keeping youth out of the criminal justice system; and providing support services, such as mentoring, case management, counseling and job readiness training to help youth thrive and be self-sufficient. In the five years since the inception of the program, violent crimes among our target age group have declined by 50 percent. In 2012, we were happy to report that for the first time in five years, there were zero homicides in our city.

YFS holds different events throughout the year to make the community aware of their presence and that they are here to support them. The basketball tournament is one of those events, and for each of the previous years, an estimated 75 to 100 people attended with 6 to 8 teams participating. Organizers are hoping for a bigger turnout for this yearÕs tournament.

Age brackets are 12 to 14 years of age, 15 to 18, and 19 to 24 years old. Co-ed teams are welcome. Food and drinks for the players are free, and hot dogs and drinks will be sold to attendees for a minimal cost to help raise funds for future events.

Several local businesses have contributed to this yearÕs event, including The Golden State Warriors, who donated jerseys, hats and some autographed gear; The Lions Club; Mark Green Sports Center, which is offering up 20 visit passes to the winners; and gift certificates from Mr. Kebab, Texas Roadhouse, Round Table Pizza, Pasta Pomodoro, Baskin Robbins, Starbucks, Safeway, and OlaÕs Coffee.

Registration forms can be picked up and returned at Mark Green Sports Center, 31224 Union City Boulevard; Kennedy Center, 1333 Decoto Road; Contempo Resource Center, 4361 Agena Circle; or Decoto Resource Center, 505 H Street. A flyer and registration form can also be found at http://tinyurl.com/lykaaq4.

If you would like to volunteer on the day of the event, have a booth for your organization, or donate food or other items, please send an e-mail to yfs@unioncity.org. For more information, call (510) 675-5816.

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
Saturday, Apr 26
10 a.m.
Contempo Park
32300 Meteor Dr, Union City
(510) 675-5816
http://tinyurl.com/lykaaq4
Free registration

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