Vienna Nguyen

Vienna Nguyen

Teen aims to get youth outdoors

Three-on-three basketball tournament Friday at West Shore parks and rec

Three-on-three basketball tournament Friday at West Shore parks and rec

A West Shore teen is encouraging youth to get outside with a three-on-three basketball tournament.

Vienna Nguyen, a 14-year-old Langford student entering Grade 10 at Belmont, has organized a three-on-three tournament at the Paul Valentine courts at West Shore Parks and Recreation on Friday (Aug. 12).

The event is Nguyen’s “Get Outside B.C.” effort, an initiative of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. The “Triple Threat Classic” tournament also corresponds with International Youth Day.

“We all have to plan an event outside with the goal of getting youth outside,” Nguyen said. “I play a lot of basketball and I thought a little competition would be fun and get youth out at the same time.

“We want to show youth it’s fun being outdoors, it’s not just something parents do to get kids off the XBox.”

A first-time event organizer, Nguyen crafted the tournament logistics and planning with help from West Shore recreation staff.

“It’s a lot to take on. But its a lot of fun to plan too,” she said.

The tournament is Aug. 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Paul Valentine Memorial Courts. Three-on-three teams can be co-ed and have U15 and open categories. Games are half-court and 10 minutes long.

Registration is $18 on the day. Email triplethreatclassic@hotmail.com or search Facebook for “Get Outside BC Presents: Triple Threat Classic.”

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