(Las Vegas, NV) - NBA free agent Brian Cook announced a Las Vegas location for his Stop Diabetes Hoop Festival and Health Fair.
The basketball camp and tournament for all ages will take place September 14 -16 at the Tarkanian Basketball Academy, 2730 South Rancho.
“There is great passion for basketball here in Las Vegas,” noted Brian Cook Foundation (BCF) Executive Director Johnnie Mathews. “The city is also a very central location to draw from other Western states as well, so it makes logical sense for this to be a host site.”
The camp portion of the festival is open for boys and girls ages 4 – 17 years old and costs $25 per person. Cook will teach ball handling, passing, defensive and rebounding drills alongside his coaching staff.
The tournament component is comprised of age divisions ranging from Nine & Under through Adults. It is a double-elimination tournament with championship play for $250 per team.
Because diabetes is the fastest growing disease in the US, BCF designated the American Diabetes Association as an event beneficiary. There is a health fair with screenings available to participating groups and the public during registration and check in on Friday.
“One in three children will develop diabetes if current trends continue,” Tracie Patten, ADA Nevada Market Manager said. “The statistic is one in two if African American, Asian or Hispanic. So encouraging young people to stay active and providing access to free health checks for the family does so much to prevent diabetes. It’s an awesome event for Las Vegans.”
The Hoop Festival closes on Sunday with a Slam Dunk Contest.
To register a team for the event, go to www.briancookfoundation.com.