Eleven teens from Italy’s prestigious Pistoia Basket 2000 get a taste of basketball, American-style

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Chris Elam photo/Courtesy of Hoopfest

Thousands descend downtown for Hoopfest this weekend.

While about half the teams taking to the streets this weekend for Hoopfest call somewhere in the Inland Northwest home, a few are flying in from halfway around the globe to partake in the world’s largest three-on-three basketball tournament, now in its 33rd year.

With participation from eight countries around the world this year, Hoopfest 2024 has doubled in international appeal from previous years, according to Executive Director Riley Stockton.

“It’s a

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