3-on-3 basketball tournament takes over George Washington Way in Richland

RICHLAND, Wash. - A portion of Richland's main thoroughfare will be transformed into basketball courts this weekend.

See3Slam, the annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament put on by the Tri-Cities Sunrise Rotary, runs Friday through Sunday at John Dam Plaza and along George Washington Way. 

This is the third year of the tournament, and it was started as a way to fundraise for the rotary.

"The event is called See3Slam for a reason," said event project manager Terry Fleischman, who helped originally launch the event. "It has to do with one of our rotarians that goes over to Africa every year to remove cataracts on the blind. An entry fee of $100 helps give two people the gift of sight."

The event kicks off Friday night at John Dam Plaza with food vendors and a showing of "Space Jam" on an inflatable screen at 8 p.m. Games start at 8 a.m. Saturday morning and will go through the afternoon. Final games will be played Sunday starting at noon.

Throughout the weekend there will also be other events and activities including pancake breakfasts, a Pink Floyd tribute band and the opportunity to win a free car in a shoot-out competition.

Over 250 teams are participating this year, and it's free to watch and attend.

Starting Friday night, George Washington Way will be closed between Lee Boulevard and Swift Boulevard. Drivers will be detoured to Jadwin Avenue. The parking lot off Knight Street at John Dam Plaza will also be closed. There will be multiple parking options for players or attendees including at City Hall, the Federal Building and Howard Amon Park.

For a full schedule of events, click here.

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