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Hoopfest a long-running tradition for some players

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Larry Harris has been to Hoopfest 18 years straight. Larry Harris has been to Hoopfest 18 years straight.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Hoopfest is a tradition for many in the region.

Larry Harris has been to Hoopfest for 18 years straight, and in addition to playing, he’s also coaching his daughter Maliya’s team, the Junior Ballers.

He’s always made it a point to be at Hoopfest, even during his two tours in Iraq, scheduling his leaves around the event. There was even one time he had to make a decision between holidays.

“One year my parents, I had the opportunity to come home for Christmas or for Hoopfest and both of them without skipping a beat said, ‘well I guess we'll see you for Hoopfest,’” Harris recalls.

Harris was injured while overseas.

“I did save one of my buddies when I was over there. I tore my ACL and my MCL while I was over there. Now I have to wear a knee brace when I play. But it healed up all right, lord willing, and I was still able to make it back that year and play,” Harris says.

After all, Hoopfest is like his connection to home. He’s now back in Spokane for good.

“I loved it but it's good time to be around my family,” he says.

He wants to share those same joys he’s had during Hoopfest with his wife and daughter.

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