3-on-3 basketball tourney to benefit House of Hope

SAFFORD — Three-on-three basketball is back in the Gila Valley.

JD3 Fitness and Strength in Numbers Athletics have announced a 3-on-3 basketball tournament will take place at the Ed Raglands Courts on March 13, with proceeds to benefit the House of Hope Sober Living Facility.

“Basically, what we’re doing is thinking of ways we can give back to the community,” said co-organizer Jesus Llamas with Sin Athletic. “They’ve been supporting us; they buy the clothing I come out with, they go to JD3 as a membership. We just want to be able to give back to the community (and) do something positive, especially during this pandemic.”

Llamas and co-organizer Josh Patton have already raised enough for an in-ground basketball hoop at the House of Hope, with plans to add a second when a second facility for women is developed.

Games will start at 10 a.m. Tournament games will be 20 minutes and the tournament is double elimination. The winning team will receive $200 and each team member will receive a year’s membership to JD3.

There will also be live music, food vendors, T-shirt sales and raffles.

To register a team, e-mail sinathletics2019@gmail.com.