Want to be an Olympian? Perhaps 3-on-3 basketball is the way to go

Aug 31 2012 - 10:21pm

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Looking for a sport in which you can make the Olympic team?

The 3-on-3 World Tour and 3-on-3 World Cup, as well as the Youth World Championships is growing in populatiry, and even groups like FIBA are working behind the scenes to have 3-on-3 basketball recognized as an official sport for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.

OK, maybe it's a long shot. But it's worth a try.

FIBA and the NBA is currently conducting its 10th African edition of the Basketball without Borders global basketball development and community outreach program in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Thabo Sefolosha of the Oklahoma City Thunder will lead a group of NBA players, coaches and trainers in the trip. Sefolosha's father is a South Africa native.

Among the NBA participants are former Utah Utes coach Jim Boylan (Milwaukee Bucks) and Utah Jazz trainer Brian Zettler.

Ice time

It was fun to see all the hockey fans in Utah who flocked to the Maverik Center on Thursday to partake of the Stanley Cup tradition.

Per time-honored tradition, the NHL champion -- this year the Los Angeles Kings -- gives each member of the squad a 24-hour window to celebrate with the Stanley Cup trophy. The Kings won their first NHL title in June.

Utah native Trevor Lewis, who played prep hockey at Brighton High and was key player for the Kings this season, brought the Cup to Utah, making a stop at Maverik Center where more than 6,000 fans flocked to shake his hand, have their photo taken with the trophy, and celebrate the sport. His entourage also made a stop at Rice-Eccles Stadium

For your information, the Utah Grizzlies open the ECHL season on Oct. 12. The Ogden Mustangs open the WSHL season at home on Oct. 21 versus Valencia at The Ice Sheet.

Tidbits

Weber State volleyball player Rebecca Fuchs has been named the Weber State student-athlete of the week, the first honoree of the 2012-13 school year. ...

Former Utah Jazz player Jacque Vaughn added Gordon Chiesa as a special consultant when he put together his first Orland Magic coaching staff.

After many years with the Jazz, Chiesa has been with the Denver Nuggets the past couple of seasons. ...

The 1,000th goal in CONCACAF Champions League history was scored last week when David Beckham netted directly off a corner kick in first-half injury time against El Salvador's Isidro Metapan. ...

The Bonneville Vintage Grand Prix is set for today and Sunday at Miller Motorsports Park. Vintage and historic motorcycles from the 1930s through the 1980s will be on display.

For more information, visit www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com or www.BonnevilleVintageGP.com. ...

The Antelope Island Stampede Festival's 5K and 12K Trail Run will be contested this morning on the island. For information, visit davishospital.com. ...

Looking ahead, the Xterra Trail Run National Championships will be Sept. 23 at Snowbasin. For information, visit www.xterratrailrun.com.

Chris J. Miller is sports editor for the Standard-Examiner. He can be reached at 801-625-4261 or cmiller@standard.net

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