JAMFEST basketball tournament to take over Eastridge Church

July 17, 2012

By Matt Carstens

Eastridge Church will be filled with hoop dreams next month as it holds this summer’s JAMFEST Aug. 11.

JAMFEST will include a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a kid’s bicycle show and other family activities.

“We’re just wanting to create a fun family event with a great cause attached to it,” Executive Team Pastor Steve Jamison said. “And our plan is to kind of create a fun festival feel with a lot of different activities going on during the day.”

The main event of the day will be the basketball tournament, which will have brackets ages 9 and older, along with brackets for different skill levels, including Top Gun, Competitive, Recreational, Older Than Dirt and Below the Net.

For those with above the rim talent, a slam dunk contest is also scheduled.

If you go


  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 11
  • Eastridge Church
  • 24205 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road
  • Registration for the basketball tournament costs $40 and ends Aug. 6. Register online at www.eastridgetoday.com/jamfest.
  • Other activities at the summer festival are free.

That $40 will help the church with its main charity event, helping families in need get ready for the upcoming school year.

“One of the big things that we’ll do is a backpack giveaway to families that could use a little bit of help,” Jamison said. “And we’re looking to give away about 750 free backpacks. The substantial investment on the part of the church is to help families.”

Jamison is excited to expand the church’s footprint on helping the community.

“We have done this at different times in the past,” Jamison said. “Every Thanksgiving, we give away bags of groceries, so this is just another way for our church to reach out to people and provide a little bit of encouragement and a little bit of help.”

Eastridge Church has put on tournaments like this in the past, including larger events on the East Coast.

“We did a tournament a few years ago,” Jamison said. “In the past, we’ve actually put on large events all around the country. We’ve put on major tournaments on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., to Lower Manhattan and a few years ago, we did a small tournament out by the Issaquah Community Center. We had the street blocked off and we had a tournament down there.”

With the newly developed campus in Issaquah, Eastridge Church is finally able to host its own event.

If street hoops aren’t quite your forte, there will be tons of other activities for children and adults alike.

“We’ll also have a lot of family-related things, like inflatable things for kids to play in and kind of like a car show but a bike show,” Jamison said. “So kids can decorate and bring their bikes and we have a little parade. They love that.”

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