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Trey & Boo Classic tournament a go for June
The Trey & Boo Classic basketball tournament in York City will tip off as scheduled after organizers managed to raise enough money to cover city fees.
The event's sixth annual iteration is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26, but had been in jeopardy when the city denied organizer Wayne Scott a special-event permit because he owed about $4,500 in police fees for last year's event.
Via a gofundme page, Scott raised $2,250, including a $50 donation from Joel Sears, a Spring Garden Township businessman who's running for the state House seat that includes York City. Scott said Sears, a Republican, then approached Penn Waste, a trash disposal company owned by state Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township, whose district also covers York City.
And Penn Waste agreed to pony up the other half of the money Scott needed.
"He's been a big help," Scott said of Sears, who's running against incumbent Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City, for the 95th House seat in November.
So now the tournament will run as planned, Scott said.
"We're looking forward to another great year," he said.
Tournament: The two-day event is centered around a 16-team, five-on-five double-elimination basketball tournament, and it also features further all-ages attractions such as music, food, a dunk contest, a bounce house and face painting, Scott said. The event draws more than 1,000 people, he said.
He said there are spaces open for both vendors and teams. It costs $250 per eight-to-10-player team to join up, with that price rising another $50 starting June 1; food vendors have to pay $200 to set up shop, he said. Anyone interested should contact Scott at 424-5325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scott said there have been no police incidents at his event, no confrontations more heated than the odd on-the-court scuffle. But York City Police Chief Wes Kahley says differently — a few years ago there was a shooting around the corner from the event, one time someone stole a referee's car, and last year a fight requiring police intervention broke out after rain forced the event inside, he said.
The chief said police presence is common at any event that draws a big crowd; the extent is in part determined by how previous events have gone. He said four officers were assigned to the event last year. One of the reasons the fees are so expensive is because these officers are being paid overtime — they're not usually the officers normally scheduled to be on duty at that time, as that would tie up a significant portion of the shift's resources, Kahley said.
Scott said he has no issue with the police presence — he said he welcomes it — but he would like the city to give him a bit of a break on the cost for the event, which only just about breaks even without the police fees. He said the event benefits the city as a whole and also gives police at the event a chance to connect with a public that doesn't always have the most trusting relationship with officers.
Fees: This isn't the first time the problem of city fees has surfaced for the event. In 2013, the city told Scott he was going to owe them about $13,000 for that year's and the previous year's tournaments. He ended up being able to raise enough money for the tournament to run.
He said he knows this issue is going to keep coming up, so he plans to put together a team of people shortly after this year's tournament to figure out in advance how they're going to raise enough money to hold next year's. He said he's looking for consistent sponsors for the tournament.
The annual event honors the memory of homicide victims Ca-trell "Trey" McCanic and Ricardo "Boo" Banks, two standout basketball players at William Penn Senior High School in the mid-'90s and mid-2000s, respectively.