The Center hosts Hoop Jams

Little Rock, Ark. (May 2, 2011) -- The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Arkansas Baptist College (ABC) have joined together to bring Hoop Jams, a two-day, three-on-three basketball tournament, to central Arkansas. Arkansas native and Atlanta Hawk Joe Johnson will serve as honorary chairman.
 
"The Clinton Center and ABC share a common commitment to the community," said Stephanie S. Streett, executive director of the Clinton Foundation. "ABC and the Clinton Center created Hoop Jams to help fund their missions, including inspiring Arkansans to achieve their hopes - and hoops - and dreams."
 
Net proceeds from Hoop Jams will benefit educational outreach and community development programs of both entities.
 
Team registration begins today. Registration fee is $80 - $100 per team (based on division) and can be submitted via mail, fax or online at www.hoopjamslr.com. Deadline is May 27, 2011, or until all spots are filled.
 
The first team to score 20 points within 30 minutes, including the warm-up period, wins. Each team is guaranteed at least three games.
 
There are two divisions for players: adult and youth. Both divisions will be subdivided into male and female teams. There is not a co-ed division, but mixed teams will be allowed and will play in the men's division.
 
"Hoop Jams is the beginning of a new tradition where our rich basketball heritage meets our commitment to our community," said Dr. Fitz Hill, president of Arkansas Baptist College. "Our greatest hope is for this tournament to become an annual event that provides quality entertainment while making continual contributions to deserving local programs and projects."
 
Honorary Chair Joe Johnson is a five-time NBA All-Star and currently plays guard for the Atlanta Hawks. Little Rock native and former Arkansas Razorback, Johnson will attend the Hoop Jams festivities and will present the winning teams their awards.
 
In addition to the traditional three-on-three tournament, Hoop Jams will also feature a slam-dunk contest, a three-point contest and a celebrity basketball game. Participants in both the slam-dunk contest and three-point contest must be also a registered player on a Hoop Jams team.
 
For more information, please visit hoopjamslr.com.

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