The Salt River Pima- Maricopa Indian Community held the annual WellPath Employee Basketball trournament sponsored by Human Resources, from the first week of March through April 1. Eleven teams from the tribal government entered the tournament and played hard ball throughout the games, which took place at Friendship Park.
In the championship game played on April 1, team “Cookies and Kareem” (Administration) defeated the previously undefeated team “Wrecreation” (Recreation) in a grueling match, which ended in a score of 35-32.
Every week the games would draw big crowds, and for the championship game the crowd grew to 250 people watching at Friendship Park. The games took place during lunch hour so employees could participate as well as watch.
“This tournament gets bigger and better each year. This year we had 162 participants play. It is a great event for the workplace,” said Steve Haydukovich, Assistant Director to Human Resources, who played for Cookies and Kareem. “The game was very competitive. The players for Recreation are so talented. We were fortunate enough to have the ball bounce our way … and very fortunate to have Kevin Stevenson of the Treasurer’s Office there to carry the load.”
Haydukovich ended by expressing appreciation for the opposing team: “Recreation is a class act.”