BEMUS POINT - Standing comfortably in the shade under a tree at Lakeside Park in the village on a cloudless and breezy Saturday afternoon, Bob Goold was all smiles.
"I was the oldest guy to play today," the soon-to-be retired Frewsburg athletic director said proudly, "so I felt pretty good about that."
Mixing it up out on the court wasn't the only reason Goold had to be proud that day, however, because he could also feel satisfied in the knowledge that, after a year off, the Bemus Point 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament, an event for which he had been the main driving force since its inception way back in 1987, was once again a smashing success.
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And this time, much of the thanks for that success goes to Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, who took the reins of the tournament's operation a few months ago.
"This is our 35th anniversary year at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation," executive director Randy Sweeney said on Saturday, "and we had a couple of fundraising goals and some goals about trying to raise more awareness of the foundation by having some special events.
"Mike Bird, who is a board member at the foundation, suggested this event, and said that we could talk to Bob Goold and some others to see if they would help put on something like this."
Goold was more than happy to get the call.
"I said, 'We can use all the help we can get,'" he said with a laugh.
So combined with the community foundation's ability to gather sponsorship partners, and a dedicated group of committee members, volunteers and organizers - of which Goold was a part - the Bemus Point 3-)n-3 was once again back.
"It's a lot of work and it's a big job, but everyone thought it was a good idea," Sweeney said of the community foundation taking over the tournament. "They felt that the venue was excellent and that the area needed to bring it back to life again."
And as it soon became very clear, people were eager for its return.
"Overall it's been great," Tony Pulvirenti of Hamburg said as he warmed up with teammates ahead of this squad's championship contest. "We played in this two years ago and I really like the scenery, the weather and it's just a nice place to be."
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Judging by the number of competitors and spectators, Pulvirenti wasn't the only one to feel that way.
In all a grand total of 58 teams - in age brackets ranging from fifth- and sixth-graders to those 35 and over - took part, competing on the park's four basketball courts under brilliant blue skies and with Chautauqua Lake providing a picturesque backdrop.
It was estimated that for each session - the younger competitors played in the morning and the older players in the afternoon - there were 500-plus spectators taking in the action.
Tournament play continued for nearly 12 straight hours.
"We couldn't be happier," Sweeney said. "The entire event was definitely a success. ... We had good, clean play and everyone had a good time. It was great, obviously, to get our athletes from the area out and give them a chance to show off their skills.
"The true winner is all of this is the community foundation, which will use the proceeds to address the many needs in our region."
Added Goold, "The money can't go for a better cause (than that)."