Participants and fans enjoyed a chamber-of-commerce-type day on Mission Bay as courts were packed with players of all ages and talent levels. Twenty divisions hosted elite-level competition, masters and co-ed, all the way down to third- and fourth-grade boys and girls. In the top division (elite), Hellfish was a first-time champion on center court and earned the title of San Diego County champions.
The San Diego County Kia Retailers Slam Dunk Contest brought fans to their feet as the winner, Armando Diaz, threw down several spectacular dunks. San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd served on the judging panel and supported Diaz’s efforts.
There was plenty of action on the contest courts as well. James Pauley was a double winner, capturing the adult divisions of the San Diego Chargers 3-Point Shootout and the H-O-R-S-E contests. Manny Lopez edged him out in the Free Throw Challenge.
For the juniors, Ryan Luo won both the Chargers 3-Point Shootout and the H-O-R-S-E contest. Chance Thomas was the winner in the Free Throw Challenge.
There was a healthy military presence, as Wells Fargo underwrote 30 active-duty military teams.
This event serves as a fundraiser for the nonprofit National University Holiday Bowl organization, whose mission is to generate tourism, exposure, economic benefit and civic pride for San Diego and its citizens by producing the nation’s most exciting college football bowl game and festival of events.