HUDSON — Mother Nature intervened at Saturday’s first For the Culture Basketball Tournament at Oakdale Beach.
After the first round of games were completed, rain and lightning forced cancellation of the remainder of the tournament, tourney organizer Caleb Canty said.
Despite the early stoppage, Canty was pleased with the way the tournament came together.
“I think the event was a success,” Canty said. “I think if the rain didn’t start, once it cooled down even more people would’ve came.”
Canty admitted there were a few minor things that need to be ironed out in the future.
“If I could do something different it’d definitely be planning and getting an inside gym, just in case of bad weather.”
The basketball tournament was the second event in three weeks put together by former Hudson High student-athletes. Mike Alert hosted the first Hudson Kickball Showdown on August 3 at Galvan Field.
“I think it means a lot to the city, especially to see two young guys who grew up here trying to do something big for the community (my brother Mike with the kickball tournament).
Canty is hoping to see more events of this nature take place in Hudson.
“I feel real good about it,” Canty said. “During basketball season the whole city shows a lot of love, but the amount of love they showed for the event was real cool. I was happy to see everyone there.”
Looking ahead to next year, Canty is already thinking of ways to improve the tournament.
“Next year it’s going to be 10 times better,” Canty said. “ I don’t know what I'm going to do yet at this moment, but I have big plans for it.”