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Mount Pleasant's Gus Macker gets its time to shine

New web series to host season finale on CMU campus    

Contact: Dan Digmann


​​The sixth annual Gus Macker 3-on-3 tournament at Central Michigan University has a new twist in 2015.

The video web series "One and Done," a warm-hearted comedy about the misadventures of four men on the brink of middle age who decide to reconnect their high school basketball team, will shoot its final episode of the season outside Finch Fieldhouse during the Gus Macker tournament May 2 to 3.

The 3-on-3 tournaments are hosted in more than 45 cities across the United States. Mount Pleasant was chosen based on its reputation for being the most organized tournament. CMU is the only school in Gus Macker's 42-year history to be completely run by students in an undergraduate course titled "Production of Festivals and Events."

"The 'One and Done' cast wanted to see a Macker that is run immaculately and with youthful passion, and founder Scott McNeal knew CMU was the perfect spot," said Tim Otteman, CMU assistant professor of parks, recreation and leisure services. "Twenty nine students were hand-picked from a pool of more than 100 candidates to run this event, and the CMU community is very excited to host this web series finale."

The "One and Done" crew will arrive Thursday, April 30, and the episode will be shot either Friday or Saturday, depending on weather conditions. It will feature the team competing in a tournament to cap off the first season.

"They could’ve chosen any tournament in Michigan," special events coordinator Erin Hayes said. "It's great that Scott McNeal trusts these students with his entire business and encourages other schools to replicate the way CMU runs the event."

McNeal had an original dream for Gus Macker, which started back in 1974 with pick-up games in his driveway. Since then, the annual tournament has evolved to more than 40,000 players and a million spectators nationwide.

"This is a point of pride for Scott," Otteman said. "The founding father graduated from CMU in 1979 and bleeds maroon and gold. There is nobody that is a bigger Chippewa than him."

The mail-in registration deadline for the tournament is Friday, April 10, and the online deadline is Monday, April 13. For more information, visit http://www.macker.com/local/mt-pleasant-mi.


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