Spokane mayor calls canceling Hoopfest an ‘agonizing decision’

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SPOKANE, Wash.– There will not be Hoopfest this year because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalization in the area.

The decision came upon guidance from the Governor’s office, State Department of Health, City of Spokane and Spokane Regional Health District.

Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodard sent out a statement on the cancelation Wednesday afternoon.

“This is an incredibly tough and agonizing decision for Hoopfest that puts the needs of youth first. We are disappointed for the athletes, volunteers, organization, and community that the pandemic has disrupted another community institution. However, today’s action is another example of an effort that explored and exhausted all possibilities to take extremely thoughtful and informed action based on the best available public health information. Spokane is resilient and will wrap itself around Hoopfest as it rallies and begins planning for an even better return.”

Hoopfest is the latest large community event to be canceled. Earlier this month, Pig Out in the Park organizers announced it would be canceled because of COVID.

“We recognize and are grateful for what Hoopfest means to this community. We wanted nothing more than to bounce back stronger than ever in 2021,” a release from the Hoopfest team said. “We have worked diligently over the past 16 months to maintain and grow the spirit of Hoopfest. To our athletes, volunteers, sponsors, and partners, we cannot thank you enough for your enthusiasm, creativity, and continued support. You are the reason this event exists and the reason why it is such an honor to be on the Hoopfest team.”

Registered teams will have a choice to donate their registration fees or request a partial 20 percent refund. Team captains will receive an email about it and requested refunds will be processed by the end of September.

“We thank you for your understanding,” the Hoopfest team said. “We look forward to seeing you on the streets of Spokane on June 25 and 26, 2022.”

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