Kicking off the event on Friday, August 16th, Alumni will have a special opportunity to come together at the assembled Gus Macker courts that will envelop the North Hennepin Community College (NHCC) parking lots for the weekend. Playing that night will be a special Heroes game comprised of local firefighters, police, EMT, and other everyday heroes. 

The opening ceremony will kick off the weekend tournament on Saturday, August 17 at 8:30AM with music, dancing and the National Anthem performed by local artists and high school students. 

The Dream Court is the main stage for the contests such as the three point, free throw, MACKER (much like the game of HORSE), celebrity game, mascot game and the much anticipated Slam Dunk contest that will award a grand prize of $500 and a second place prize of $100.  

Derray Ward; a coach, community leader, entrepreneur, and the founder of Forward Thinking Foundation is the lead coordinator for the Special Events. Coincidentally he is an alumni of NHCC, the host location of the Macker Tournament. Derray has put together a great lineup of local and national celebrities to be a part of the Twin Cities Gus Macker including:

  • Tamara T Moore (Former WNBA/Gus Macker Alum)
  • Troy Hudson (Former NBA)
  • Willie Burton (Former NBA player)
  • Khalid El-Amin (Anoka Ramsey Former NBA)
  • Kiara Buford (Former Womens MN Gophers)
  • DJ Ray Mills (Vikings & Twins DJ)
  • Jedidiah Jones (Timberwolves Announcer)
  • DJ Miss Brit (DJ)
  • PJ Hill (MN/College BBall Star/Community Activist)
  • DJ Sota (Timberwolves DJ)
  • Juice Sutton (Comedian/Twins Host)
  • Ashli Henderson (Comedian)
  • Terez VanPelt (Personal Trainer)
  • Larry McKenzie (Coach/Author/Educator)
  • Moses Ehambe (Timberwolves Assistant Coach)
  • DJ Enferno (DJ) 
  • Dolo Harris (club host/promoter/Football Coach)
  • Marcus Smith (Timberwolves Slam Squad)
  • Reg Chapman (News Reporter) 
  • AJ Hilton (News Anchor)
  • N.I.(KMOJ Radio Host)
  • Walter Q Bear (KMOJ Radio Host)
  • April Graves (Brooklyn Center Mayor)

We will update this posting as more names are confirmed!  

We still need volunteers to assist and sponsors to ensure that the maximum amount of support is provided to our six chosen non-profits that are participating and supporting the local youth with sports, mentorship and entrepreneurial education.

Everyone remembers their first Gus Macker. Don’t miss out on yours!