Gus Macker 3-on-3 Charity Basketball Tournament
Every year, around 900 teams descend upon Ludington to compete at Stearns Park, with thousands more coming as spectators.
The popularity of the Ludington Gus Macker is partly due to its location--basketball hoops are set up along Lakeshore Drive and Stearns Outer Drive, with Lake Michigan just steps away. The view, the cool breezes, and the expansive beach provide the perfect setting for the heated competition. It is usually the largest Macker tournament in the United States.
2018 marked the 27th anniversary of Gus Macker in Ludington. Because of its longevity and beautiful location, the Ludington Gus Macker Committee and the Ludington & Scottville Chamber of Commerce will be inducted into the Gus Macker Hall of Fame in 2018.
History of the Ludington Gus MackerThe tournament was born back in 1974 in Lowell, Michigan. Scott McNeal (alias Gus Macker) got together with 18 friends and $18 to play a friendly 3-on-3 basketball game in his parent's driveway. The tournament continued to grow, and due to the tremendous interest from outside communities, it took to the road and moved its home base from Lowell to Belding in 1987. Today, Macker is played in outdoor and indoor courts in over 75 cities throughout the country, drawing over 200,000 players and 1.7 million spectators. But even with this growth, it continues to feel like a "hometown" game. The Gus Macker tournament is always a wholesome activity for all ages and talent levels.
Gus Macker Community DonationsIn the 27 years of Macker in Ludington, over $300,000 has been returned to the area's schools to purchase uniforms and equipment. These teams donate their time in setting up hoops, fences, and cleaning up. In order to make the tournament run smoothly, nearly 400 other volunteers are needed, from checking-in participants to being a Gus Buster.
Check out Ludington Lodging for places to stay during Gus Macker and Ludington Restaurants for great places to eat.
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Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
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