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Local entrepreneur creates a new summer tradition

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Medford -           A young Southern Oregon native whose home from college for the summer, created a new event for young adults in the Southern Oregon area. Combining his love for basketball and the community.

Owen Patterson says growing up in southern Oregon there is not a ton of events that are catered toward young adults. Wanting to change that he and his friends organized their own 3x3 basketball tournament called Summer Jam.

“When you’re young in southern Oregon you’re always looking for something to do, we really wanted to provide an event that was targeted towards young adults but also could be enjoyed by everybody,” says Patterson.

Patterson and his friends used a lot of their own money to get it started. He was able to secure a few sponsors for the event after being shut down from other businesses for financial help.

Patterson’s mentor Will says the idea of creating an event that benefits the entire community was the goal of the summer project.

“Giving the community something that they have had and young entrepreneurs is what we need, you’ll look back and say this was started because of the idea of supporting young people that want to make something good out of their lives” says Will.

Patterson says with the support of the community he wants to build on this event every year and continue creating events for the people of southern Oregon.

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Camryn joined NewsWatch 12 as a reporter/producer at the end of January, 2022.

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