By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Quincy Exchange Club member Mike Lavery has been chosen for induction into the Gus Macker Hall of Fame.
Lavery was the driving force behind getting the Exchange Club together with Gus Macker officials for the inaugural 3-on-3 basketball event in 1991. The tournament will celebrate its 23rd year in downtown Quincy during Memorial Day weekend, May 25-26.
The Quincy tournament is the fifth largest among the 42 places that Gus Macker events will be held summer. Last year's event drew 476 teams of four players each.
Lavery was the chairman of the first event and continues to be active, serving on the organizational committee, recruiting business sponsors and volunteering at the courts during the tournament. He is the first person affiliated with the Quincy event to be honored by Gus Macker.
"It's about time Quincy gets recognized for all of the years we've been together," Gus Macker creator Scott McNeal said during a presentation at the Exchange Club's weekly meeting on Friday at America's Best Value Inn. "It's fitting that we honor Mike, because he's been involved from the start of this event."
Gus Macker Basketball is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Event officials named the top 25 "Mackers" of all-time in its inaugural class to the Hall of Fame for its 25th anniversary, and it since has inducted a Hall of Fame class every five years.
Lavery will be inducted into the Macker Hall of Fame during a 40th anniversary festival Aug. 1-4 in Belding, Mich.