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Free basketball tournament held in Davis Park


Hundreds of people spent their Labor Day competing on the basketball court. 

The 4th annual Hoopstars Basketball Tournament was held Monday at Davis Park in Rockford. The 3-on-3 tournament was free of charge for kids who typically couldn't afford to play. 

Organizer, State Senator Steve Stadelman, says the tournament did something new this year: people were encouraged to bring their gently used basketball shoes to the game to donate.

"Bring these shoes to the tournament and they'll be distributed to low-income families across the area," Stadelman said. "It's a way to kind of give back to the community, having some fun with basketball but also working for a good cause and making sure needy kids have good athletic shoes as well." 

Organizers say since the event started in 2013, the tournament has quadrupled in size. 

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