BURLINGTON – It is with regrets that the Greater Burlington Convention & Visitors Bureau (a division of the Greater Burlington Partnership) has made the difficult decision to cancel the Gus Macker tournament scheduled for August 1 – 2, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of the players, volunteers, sponsors, and spectators will always be the highest priority. In addition to the unknowns due to the global health crisis, the long-term financial ramifications were also considered in this decision.
Greater Burlington had the privilege of hosting the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament in 2018 and 2019. Each tournament hosted 100s of players and thousands of fans along the Mississippi Riverfront for the 2-day event.
“Cancelling the Gus Macker tournament was a really difficult decision for staff and board members. I really respect the process the CVB Steering Committee walked through to make this decision,” stated Chelsea Lerud, Executive Director Greater Burlington Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The Gus Macker event has been really fun to host in the community the last two summers and has been a great way to bring the community together, along with attracting visitors. The participants, spectators, volunteers, and officials will be missed.”
The Greater Burlington Convention & Visitors Bureau would like to thank everyone that helped
to make this event possible in 2018 and 2019. It truly was a community effort and the support of the sponsors, along with the work of the volunteers and officials does not go unappreciated. “If there is a chance to bring the event back in the future, you’ll
all be the first to know!” stated Chelsea Lerud.
Visit macker.com for information pertaining to their other tournaments throughout summer 2020.