Festive ICT brought basketball YouTubers from across the country as well as local street players to the Charles Koch Arena.
On Saturday, Festive ICT held an event called Festive Hoop Jam. There was a meet and greet for fans to meet their favorite basketball and streetball YouTubers, a slam dunk contest and a 5v5 scrimmage.
Derome Washington, Nanna Okpara and Kemm Amekporfor are the partners and owners of Festive ICT who hosted the event. Festive ICT is a local event production company which was created to create joyful experiences in the local community.
“We wanted something exciting and different from a regular Shocker game and maybe get people as close to an NBA game as possible,” Okpara said.
Washington said he, Okpara and Amekporfor wanted to bring YouTubers to Wichita to inspire kids in the community.
“Kansas is basketball,” Washington said. “This event was organized for children. To get kids to open up other markets that they didn’t have before, since YouTube is now a platform for kids. »
The event brought together several local Wichita basketball players and coaches.
Hannah Mortimer is a former Wichita State women’s basketball player and former Harlem Globetrotter. Mortimer was invited to participate in the Festive Hoop Jam and wanted to participate as a local Wichitan herself.
In the slam dunk contest, there were two entrants, Sir Isaac from Team Dixon and One Foot God from Team Garland. Four famous judges gave their opinion on each dunk by rating it with a score ranging from 1 to 10. One Foot God won the competition by scoring the most points, winning only by two.
Both athletes performed high-flying dunks. The kids at the event helped perform different dunks for the players. They held the ball for the athletes and provided an obstacle for the athletes to jump over.
The 5-on-5 scrimmage was an offensive showcase for Harlem Globetrotter-style street players to play the way they wanted. Both Sir Isaac of Team Dixon and One Foot God of Team Garland scored countless ally oops and slam dunks during the scrimmage.
Team Dixon’s White Iverson scored several threes but Team Garland’s Konfuzion Hoops had the answer as he dribbled to the basket and shot from the three-point line. The score towards the end of the match was dangerously close with the Garland team only a few points behind.
Jaylin Williams of the Dixon team played strong defensively. He was tasked with trying to stop Team Garland’s Hezigod, who was later announced the match’s MVP. Williams is a local trainer in Wichita.
Team Garland won the scrimmage scoring a total of 129 points. The Dixon team lost three points with 126 points.