EUGENE, Ore. — Over 200 young athletes got the chance to play basketball alongside some of their idols at Matthew Knight Arena Sunday.
Ducks basketball is on hiatus until November, but hundreds of young fans got the chance to meet some of their favorite players from the team and even play some one-on-one with Jonathan Loyd.
It was all part of the Kidsports Invitational in Eugene.
The tournament gave 64 teams of young basketball players the chance to play at Matthew Knight Arena and meet some of the stars of the University of Oregon men’s and women’s basketball teams.
The tournament also helps raise money for the Emerald Scholarship Fund which helps children from low-income families be able to play team sports.
The tournament’s director said the most rewarding part of the day’s festivities was giving the young players an opportunities to play at one of the best basketball venues in college sports.
“It provides the kids a great opportunity. It’s our second year doing it at the Matthew Knight Arena. The kids love that. The Oregon student athletes do a great job of showing up and hanging out with the kids. It’s a really fun event,” said Zach Soskin, tournament director.
The student athletes in attendance also put on a skills clinic for the young players.