WORCESTER - The sixth annual Worcester Summer Jam Classic returns Saturday, Aug. 13, with some major changes to the free community event, including a change of venue.
This year, they will hold the annual classic at the Bob Cousy courts at Crompton Park.
The centerpiece of Summer Jam is a single elimination basketball tournament featuring teams with semi-professional and amateur players. Teams play 5-on-5 and each game is 40 minutes, with a brief intermission. The tournament features eight teams and a boys and girls’ high school all-star game.
Summer Jam 2021, which took place shortly after COVID-related gathering restrictions were lifted, attracted an estimated attendance of around 500, the largest of the event’s history.
Worcester native Anthony Barbosa, the lead organizer of the event since its first year in 2016, said “It felt like we hit capacity,” at Grant Hill Park in 2021, which motivated seeking a new venue. The additional basketball court and larger overall event space at Crompton Park provide more space for the event.
Barbosa said that along with more basketball, a kids’ zone will include face painting and a bouncy house. Food and other vendors will be on site with music provided by DJ Kid Kash, with James Lambert III as the MC.
In previous years, Barbosa planned the event with a small group of supporters. Earlier this year, he created a board of directors to oversee the event. Danielle Delgado, Stephanie Corio, James Lambert, Jerard Rice, Echo Louissant and Steph Adams have since joined the board with Barbosa.
The Worcester Summer Jam Classic is from 10 AM to 7 PM on August 13. For more information, visit the event's website.
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