Penrith’s turn to Hustle as popular sport heads to local area

Get your team together: 3x3 Street Hustle is coming to Penrith in July.
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One of the hottest sports on the planet will have a home in Penrith from July.

3×3 Street Hustle Basketball will be making its way to the Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre in the coming weeks after Penrith Basketball Association secured a license to deliver the popular event locally.

3×3 basketball is a variation of basketball played three-a-side, with one backboard and in a halfcourt. It’s been played on the streets and courts across the world for decades, but 3×3 basketball has surged in popularity ever since it made its Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

On Thursday, July 11, Penrith Basketball will host their first-ever 3×3 Street Hustle event at their home in Cambridge Park.

Penrith Basketball’s Danielle Schwarzer said she’s excited to see the well-known brand make its Penrith debut.

“We have a lot of members that already participate in 3×3 Hustle but are forced to travel around to other venues in Sydney to do so,” she said.

“It was a collective decision from our directors to apply for this license and move with the times.

“3×3 basketball is becoming very popular. A lot of people like the fast-paced nature of the game, so it’s something – moving forward – that we will be seeing more and more of.”

Penrith Basketball’s upcoming 3×3 Street Hustle event is open to male and female players aged from U12s through to U18s.

There’s a $100 registration fee per team and there should be no more than five players on each roster.

Schwarzer’s expects July’s event will be the first of many for the local association.

“This will be our first 3×3 Hustle event but in the past, we’ve just run Association 3×3 days,” she said.

“We’re planning to run this competition every school holidays. We’re not sure how big the first one will be, but we are hoping it will grow with each and every one.”

On top of the registration fee per team, all players will need to have a valid Hustle Pass in order to participate. Hustle Passes cost $20 each, are valid for 12 months, and are available from the 3×3 Hustle website.

“The 3×3 Hustle is more of a high intensity competition, so you do need to have some experience and be basketball competent,” Schwarzer said.

Players have until July 8 to submit their teams for inclusion. To register, visit or contact 4731 3252 for more information.

Nathan Taylor

Nathan Taylor is the Weekender's Deputy Editor and Senior Sports Writer. He also compiles the weekly Chatter on the Box TV column. Nathan is an award-winning journalist, who has worked at the Weekender for a decade.

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