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Milford Family Fun Day & Summer Basketball Tournament

When: Saturday, July 29; Basketball tournaments are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Family Fun Day festivities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Keyes Memorial Field, 45 Elm St., Milford
Cost: Free
Visit: lwccnh.org




Shooting hoops
Milford basketball tourney and Family Fun Day return

07/27/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Pairing Milford’s Family Fun Day and the town’s Summer Basketball League tournament will make for a full day of fun, with basketball games to play and watch, plus bounce houses, a slippery slide, live music, food and more.

Local students ages 10 and up will convene for a friendly competition on the court in Milford for the three-on-three tournament series held in tandem with the town’s 12th annual Family Fun Day, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 29.
Games are scheduled depending on the ages of the players, and admission to watch each of the games is free. 
“We’ve had as many as 200 or more people gather around the court and they have a blast [watching the games],” said Paul Sontag, one of the directors of the league and a pastor at Light of the World Christian Church in Milford, which sponsors the free tournament along with several other local churches. 
Sontag said teams are divided by age groups and share the courts at designated times to play. The Milford Summer Basketball League offers opportunities for area middle and high school-age students to participate in organized basketball games and practices throughout the summer. Players registered for the league earlier this year, and five games and five practices each have been held through June and July leading up to the three-on-three tournaments.
“Basically there are A teams and B teams … and it’s a matter of double elimination,” he said. “The A teams are players ages 12 to 14, and the B teams are ages 10 to 12. Those games will go probably until about noon, and then there will be free food during the lunch hour. The high school players will start their games at 1 p.m. … It’s a great time, all their friends and anyone else can come down and cheer them on, and there are trophies and everything for the winners too.”
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., accompanying festivities will be held at Keyes Memorial Field. Free hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and other food items will be available 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
An information center with each of the participating churches and organizations is also expected to be there, like Community Action for Safe Teens, a wellness program run by the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley.
“The unique thing is we partner with these community organizations to kind of come together,” Sontag said. “The tournament and the Family Fun Day have become great family-oriented events that are always held on the same day every summer.”
Admission to Family Fun Day is also free and visitors do not have to be Milford residents. In fact, Sontag said the event has become a popular draw for visitors all over the Souhegan Valley.
“It’s definitely not a fly-by-night thing,” he said. “The basketball tournament and the Family Fun Day kind of seem like separate events, but we’ve always combined the two.”





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