Find out more about why Adam Jackson has been volunteering at Hoopfest for over 30 years:
“Family. Hoopfest is a family.” That’s what keeps long-time volunteer, Adam Jackson, coming back each year to Hoopfest. Adam has been with Hoopfest from the very beginning, making this his 31st year with the organization. Adam credits his dad for his start as a volunteer.
“I began tagging along with my dad at the very first event and I have been helping ever since,” Adam said. Dave Jackson, Adam’s father, is one of Hoopfest’s founding board members. Adam is thankful for his dad for helping him understand what it means to give back to the community.
“I cut my teeth working on the site team,” said Adam recalling his start with volunteering at Hoopfest. Adam thinks of his first experiences at Hoopfest as “working in the boneyard before the event.” He was an instrumental player in getting courts ready for play: replacing nets, tightening rims, checking backboards, and delivering items.
Adam has taken on a new role for Hoopfest 2020.
“The past 6 years I have been a member of the Operating Committee where I oversaw the contest and festival activities,” said Adam. He recently handed those duties to his sister – Arianne Johnson – keeping the family tradition alive.
Adam now oversees the shut down of Hoopfest on Friday and reopening the streets on Sunday. Now there are three Jacksons on the Operating Committee – his father, his sister, and himself. To them, Hoopfest is a family affair.
In reflection, Adam said, “Fast forward 25 years, now I have my own kids tagging along with me, learning how to give back.,” said Adam. He is very excited about sharing the magic of Hoopfest and giving back to the community with them – just like his dad did for him in the early years of Hoopfest.
“For me, Hoopfest is all about family,” Adam said.
Spokane Hoopfest is the largest 3on3 outdoor basketball tournament on Earth. That means over 6,000 teams, 3,000 volunteers, 225,000 fans and 450 courts spanning 45 city blocks! Beyond basketball, Hoopfest is an outdoor basketball festival with shopping, food and interactive entertainment. We are so excited for you to join us and be a part of the Best Basketball Weekend on Earth!