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Weekend 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Paterson seeks players

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SHOUT OUT: There’s time to register for this Saturday’s second annual Street 2 Street 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Tyrone Collins Memorial Park in Paterson.

Boys and girls 13 to 18 years old are eligible, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. and games starting an hour later.

Each team is made up of four players, which allows for one subtitute. There will be two age divisions, 13-15 and 16-18.

Shirts, trophies, lunch and music will be provided.

Organized by Tony Browne, a senior vice-president with Merrill Lynch in Paramus, the tournament is billed as “an effort to end violence and have a positive impact on our community.”

Street 2 Street Paterson, a faith-based organization run by volunteers, is a mentoring program for Paterson youth between 13-18 years old.

“Street 2 Street is a great way to make a difference and provide the young people of Paterson with positive influences and learning experiences through the game of basketball,” said Browne, who also enlists guest speakers with inspirational stories to come in regularly to speak to the players.

This Saturday, Willie Alfonso, a team chaplain for the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets, will participate.

Street 2 Street receives 100% of its financial support from sponsors and donors.

It “provides a great outlet for young people and has a great impact on their lives,” said Tony Lupo, a Ridgewood resident who also is a volunteer coach.

“The kids are great,” Lupo said. “I learn from them as much as they may learn from me.”

To pre-register, or for more information:

Tony Browne: (201) 739-8531
Shawn Collins: (201) 658-4256

All players who are not currently Street 2 Street Basketball Players must fill out all registration forms.

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