The St. Isidore Catholic Grade School and Parish parking lot and grounds will be transformed into a basketball center at 9 a.m. Aug. 24 when the 15th annual Cyclones 3-on-3 basketball tournament tips off.
More than 55 teams featuring up to 250 players are expected to participate on 12 portable courts this month, which marks the 15th year the tournament has been held in support of St. Isidore School. Last year's event raised $12,500.
Parent co-chairmen Ron Zygmunt and Pat Frost say the tournament is open to the public, but limited to students between third and 10th grades entering the new school year. Teams can be made up of a maximum of four players.
The entry fee is $100 per team and needs to be submitted by 3 p.m. Aug. 23 at the school office, 431 W. Army Trail Road, Bloomingdale. Cash or checks are acceptable, with checks made payable to St. Isidore School.
"The 3-on-3 tournament has evolved into one of the most highly anticipated events and fundraisers of our school year," Zygmunt says. "This is our 15th consecutive tournament, and to see our school and parish grounds filled with hundreds of players, spectators, food, music and fun is really something."
Each team will be grouped by age and experience into separate divisions based on entries received. The tournament committee recommends a team's roster be made up of players of the same age and/or grade in school.
Teams must be made up of players of the same gender. All teams are guaranteed a minimum of three games, and will receive a free lunch from Rocco Vino's and commemorative T-shirt. Medals will be awarded to each division winning team.
Tournament rules are listed along with other information and entry forms on the school's website, www.stisidoreparish.org.
Flood Brothers Disposal and Recycling Services, Lindahl Marine and Cameo Dentistry are major sponsors of the 3-on-3 tournament.
This year's tournament committee includes co-chairs Pat Frost and Ron Zygmunt, along with Rick Ahern, Mike Alimento, Jeff Arms, Brian Barry, Chris Breyne, Jason Ciolino, Joe Falco, Jim Graf, Patrick Hartle, Keith Holman, Greg Ittner, Randy Isoda, Phil Kuchler, Dave Malachowski, Frank Marsico, Jim O'Keefe, Todd Powell, Pat Ryan, Marty Schager, Pat Schellinger, Jeff Schwarze and Bill Sztym.
St. Isidore School is part of the Joliet Diocese and has been in existence since 1920. It has 302 students in preschool through eighth grade and a staff of 30 teachers, aides and administrators.