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Free basketball tournament held in Davis Park

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -

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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