Volunteers help out at Hoopfest for 25 years




Posted on June 29, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 29 at 6:24 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—Some veteran volunteers were among the thousands that helped Hoopfest 2014 run smoothly in June.

Coordinating Official Larry Wendel and Court Manager Lori Olson volunteered for their 25th year at the Nike Center Court. 

"It's the best weekend in Spokane and I love being a part of it and I'm right in the middle of it,” Wendel said.

Competitors know Wendel for his animated, charismatic style. The experienced high school and college basketball referee said it is the only way to let everyone know what is happening on the court. 

“If I got a guy that pushes, I’m coming in and I’m going to the play, and ‘Hey that’s a push!’” Wendel explained.

While Wendel coordinated all of the officials at Center Court, Olson coordinated the moving pieces and events, such as player registration.  Olson said watching great basketball never got old.

“This is some of the best basketball, better than college and that kind of stuff,” Olson said. “All of the best teams come here and it’s very exciting.”

Both Olson and Wendel said they planned to spend many more years volunteering at Hoopfest.

The Court Monitor, Chuck Fillipini, and former Site Operations Manager, Hube Lagenhorst, had also volunteered for 25 years.