Similar to many other local and national events, the annual Taylor Press 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will not happen this year.
According to Jason Hennington, director and publisher of the Taylor Press, the coronavirus pandemic is the reason for the cancellation.
“Unfortunately, there is too much of a safety risk,” he said. “We have a large turnout every year and we just want to make sure everyone stays safe this year.”
Held on the second weekend in July, last year’s event raised more than $5,200. The funds were used for two scholarships $500 for Taylor High School seniors from the class of 2020. The scholarship recipients were Ashlyn Collier and Eric Derry.
A $500 donation was also made to the American Legion to send a student to Boys State, Brandon Chavana.
The tournament had 26 teams and featured players from Austin, Waco, El Paso, Houston, San Antonio, Atlanta, Arkansas, New Orleans and California. The Shining Stars, a local nonprofit for adults with special needs, also played in the tournament and operated the concession stand.
After seven years of the growing event, Hennington said it was difficult to make the decision to cancel this year’s event.
“We tried to wait as long as we could hoping the COVID-19 situation would improve,” he said. “In order to make sure everyone stays safe, this was the right decision.”
Although the tournament will not proceed as planned this year, Hennington said this is not the end.
“We plan to be back next year. Hopefully, bigger and better,” he said. “This gives us more time to plan, prepare, promote and make sure the next event remains the best 3-on-3 basketball tournament in central Texas.”