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The Washington Convention and Sports Authority (WCSA) and BEST Experiential Properties are bringing Hoop It Up, the largest three on three basketball tour in the world, to CityCenter DC on Saturday and Sunday, April 24 – 25. CityCenter DC is located in the heart of downtown D.C. at 11th & H Streets, NW, allowing spectators easy access to witness the action and players a prime location to showcase their basketball skills.

Local teams can register now and show Washington, D.C. residents they got game. The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 20. The tournament is open to players ages 8 and up, with separate age and skill divisions for male and female teams of three to five players. In addition to the basketball action, the tournament includes a slam-dunk competition and three-point shooting contest on Saturday.

“Last year’s competition was very lively so having the tournament in downtown D.C. only adds to the atmosphere,” said Erik A. Moses, managing director of the WCSA’s Sports Entertainment and Special Events Division. “It’s great fun whether you are participating or watching the action.”

This year’s tournament is sponsored by Rockin’ Refuel Sports Drinks, Sports Authority, the US Marines and Spalding, and benefits Coaches vs. Cancer®, a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

More than 60 teams competed for the 2009 D.C. championship and the opportunity to advance to the Hoop It Up World Championship in Louisville, Ky. Ariel Slow and Steady, a team led by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, tied for top honors with Ariel Investments in the Men’s Top Flight division in last year’s D.C. competition. Ariel Slow and Steady went on to win their fourth Hoop It Up World Championship in six years.

Hoop It Up is a series of exciting weekend basketball celebrations providing games, concessions and entertainment. The National Hoop It Up Tour is comprised of 29 qualifying local events held throughout the United States from March through September, culminating with the World Championships this summer. The nationwide tour is expected to attract an estimated 400,000 participants and spectators.

For regisration & more information visit www.hoopitup.com or call 1-888-997-PLAY.