Connecticut’s capital city and the Elm City are teaming up to keep children safe this summer while also fueling a friendly rivalry.
Hartford and New Haven are partnering up for a 3-on-3 basketball tournament in July called Hoop It Up.
New Haven officials said last year’s tournament was a pretty big success, in fact one of the winners was a team from Hartford so they decided to invite the city to take part.
While it is a fun time, the cities mayors said events like this will not only keep children engaged, but hopefully off the streets.
"We really think it’s important to keep our kids engaged in positive, productive behavior during the summer and a little fun competition is really important,” said New Haven Mayor Toni Harp.
The tournament will take place in downtown New Haven on Church Street.
On Tuesday, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced a decline in new arrests statewide, down 9 percent during the first half of the year.
Juan Sepulveda, who just completed his first year at Providence College, said a tournament like this can play a part in that.
"It’s a way for people to stay off the streets, come together as a community and be part of a great event,” he said. "It’s a way to get away from all the distractions and just have fun."
The tournament is open to children as young as 8 years old, and every team is guaranteed two games.
While registration typically costs anywhere from $120 to $160 for a team, thanks to corporate sponsors this year youngsters from New Haven and Hartford will be free.
The winner’s prize isn’t just bragging rights, but to also qualify for an all-expenses paid trip to the National Hoop It Up Tournament this fall in Atlantic City.
For more information on the local tournament, click here.
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