Shootout on the Square to be held Saturday

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

At 26, Tenner Fennewald says he is the youngest member of the Marshall Rotary Club.

"I think I am the youngest Rotarian by 15 years," Fennewald says, laughing.

With young blood come fresh ideas, which is why Fennewald pitched the idea to stop having the annual dinner fundraiser of the club and replace it with a basketball tournament and craft fair on the courthouse square.

"The Shootout on the Square," to start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, will seek to get the younger generations involved in the community as well as raise money for different projects sponsored by Marshall Rotary Club.

"What I would like to see is get the younger generation out of the house," said Fennewald, who is Sergeant of Arms for Rotary. "All they do anymore is just play video games or sit around the house, and this is actually something that they can get out and they can do cheap while benefiting others."

The basketball tournament will be held in a "three on three" format. Teams are open to both men and women.

Teams will be divided by age: third and fouth grade, fifth and sixth grade, seventh and eighth grade, ninth and 12th grade and an open division for those 18 years old and up.

For each team there is a cost of $40, which includes shirts. The rest of the event is free for anyone who just wants to watch the games and tour the crafts.

The younger division winners will receive medals while first, second and third place in the 18-plus division will receive Walmart giftcards of different values.

Fennewald said the three on three format was a great way to get people of all skill levels playing and having fun.

"If you are not very good, it is a great way to get better, and if you are good, you are able to really play," Fennewald said. "Both sides benefit in it."

Fennewald said the club's goal was to have 100 vendors and 40 teams.

He said at this point there are not as many people signed up as he wished.

"So I'm going to take registrations up until Saturday morning," Fennewald said. "The goal is not only to support Rotarians, but the thing we want is to support the community. If we make money on the deal that's great. If we lose money on the deal, we still don't care. We just want to be able to have a yearly event that people can look forward to. We want to make this where maybe in 10 years we have to fill the entire square with basketball courts."

Those interested can reach Fennewald at 660-886-1039.

Contact Carlos Restrepo at crestrepo@marshallnews.com

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