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Gus Macker coming

GRAND RAPIDS — The annual Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament will invade Grand Rapids this year on the campus of Kenowa Hills High Schools June 6-7.

It’s a homecoming of sorts for the tournament, which began 42 years ago when Mitch and Scott McNeal held the first tournament in their driveway in Lowell. The inaugural tournament was made up of 18 players.

The 2015 Tour has a total of 43 events spanning 13 states. Players who want to play can go to www.macker.com for more information and to register for any of the 43 tournaments.

Grand Rapids was the location of Gus Macker company headquarters for six years in the 1990s. Macker tournaments have been played in Grand Rapids 23 times in the last 25 years.

Macker tournaments had a long run in Grand Rapids in large part due to the relationship that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Grand Rapids Public School athletics for 22 years. The funds, including $235,000 raised for the 1999 Grand Macker, primarily helped athletes with play-to-play costs.

The most recent Macker in the Grand Rapids area was in 2013. It raised funds to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for local schools. AEDs are portable devices used to treat potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias.

Greg Johnson is the Gus Macker contact. People can get in touch with him at 616-560- 8995 or at greg@macker.com. — K.W.

Lions youth football camp

GRAND BLANC – The Detroit Lions Football Education Division will host its annual Fundamentals Camp at Grand Blanc High June 15-18. Camp runs 8:30 a.m.-noon and costs $169 per attendee. Camp is open to boys and girls ages 6-14 who will be put through non-contact, fundamental football instruction with emphasis on player health and safety. Appearance by a current or former Detroit Lions player is always a highlight of camp. Sills contests and scrimmages will also take place with a 10:1 athlete to coach ration. Kids receive a Lions camp T-shirt, autographs and mentoring. Detalis: www.detroitlions.com/ footballeducation. – L.P.

5K, fun run at airport

LINDEN – The Wings of Mercy Runway 5K race/walk and 1-mile fun run/walk will be held Saturday at Linden Price’s Airport, 618 Silver Lake Rd.

The event will be a twilight race along the runway and taxiways of the airport. Onsite registration and packet pickup will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday and noon-7 p.m. Saturday. The fun run starts at 8 p.m., with the 5K at 9 p.m.

Cost is $25 for the 5K, or a family rate of $60 for parents and up to four children 18 and under. Cost for the fun run is a donation (t-shirt not included).

The event benefits Wings of Mercy East Michigan, which provides free air transportation in General Aviation Aircraft for patients with limited incomes needing treatment at medical centers within 600 miles of Eastern Michigan. – D.N.


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