The competition will be fierce when Tacoma’s barber shops take to the court in the Rock the Rim barbershop basketball classic, a tournament featuring some of the district’s top-notch high school athletes. The teams will compete at Lincoln High School for top honors – bragging rights and a trophy – on the court in a day filled with free food, music and, best of all, free school supplies, backpacks and haircuts for students who attend.
The basketball tournament has been an annual event for the past eight years, but this year organizers wanted to add a new element to help local families prepare for the new school year.
“This time of year gets expensive for a lot of families,” said organizer Rayland Jensen. “These parents are already spending a lot of money on school supplies and clothes, so we’re trying to help by saving them a little money on haircuts.”
Jensen runs the Goodfellas Barbershop, and is looking forward to competing with his colleagues on the court. “We’ll have some of the best high school kids on our teams, and I hope people come out to see their favorite players in action.”
Organizers will also be giving away up to 400 backpacks full of school supplies. The day will also feature music by Boe Blast and DJ Taber, free food and other activities.
“This is a great family event,” Jensen said.
Organizers are still accepting donations of schools supplies and backpacks, which can be dropped off at Goodfellas Barbershop, located at 1001 S. 11th St. in Tacoma.
Rock the Rim takes place Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Lincoln High School, located at 701 S. 37th St.