unbolted and removed the rim from the backboard. Finally, his boys attached the metal hoop to the support base with a large plastic tie, and another package was ready for the fork lifts.
"My job is absolutely easy," said Hill, who sets mobile homes for a company called Home Boys when not volunteering for Hoopfest. He said he feels for the volunteers stuck in the sun all day at courtside keeping scores. "With this (job) you get to come down and enjoy Hoopfest."
Possibly the best volunteer job is the one held by Rob Cameron, 21, a recent college grad who's been driving trucks since he was 15.
Late Sunday afternoon, he was sitting in the air-conditioned cab of a truck as a ground crew made up mostly of inmates from the Geiger Corrections Center fanned out to gather tables, chairs and other pieces of equipment from about 100 courts.
From behind the wheel, Cameron could watch the people as the event wound down.
"It's a fun atmosphere down here," Cameron said. "People from all walks of life come here."
Another bonus of being a volunteer is having free reign over the mostly empty streets in downtown Spokane.
Sea Cadet Beth Windsor, 13, took a few moments from sweeping the streets to practice her flag waving routine. Near a handful of new friends from Ferris and Lewis and Clark high schools, Windsor spun her broom around like a propeller.
"I was just being bored," Windsor said later. But she'll be back next year. "It was cool being out of the house."
Even after the streets are cleared and swept, some business still will need to be cleaned up.
On Sunday night, Hoopfest's "lost and found" box contained several wallets, purses, checkbooks, credit cards, cell phones, lipsticks and a leg brace. Volunteers were trying to contact owners, often without success.
So, attention Mr. Williams of Hermiston, Ore.: Hoopfest has your wallet.