Recently, a week ago, another basketball celebration ended, which since 2003 has been changing the face of the whole of Paris. Of course, we are talking about the legendary Quai54 tournament, which can be considered the world championship in 5x5 street basketball. On the occasion of the recent games and the premiere of the tournament apparel, we decided to devote an entire column of our top #SKSpot to Q54. We invite you to read!
First of all, it is worth mentioning that this year basketball players from our country joined the game in Q54 (Przemysław Zamojski and Szymon Rduch).
When it comes to the attractions that Jordan Brand and Nike have prepared for us, last weekend was opened by two excellent ambassadors of the Jordan brand - Luka Donicia and Zion Williamson! Both gentlemen watched every second of the prestigious tournament, both of course were dressed in the Quai 54 collection already available in our store.
Now it's time for a short history lesson. The Quai54 tournament has been played since 2003 in Paris, the European center of basketball. However, only after ten years of playing the tournament, the competition was located on the Field of Mars, which is one of the largest parks in Europe. This site is over 24 hectares and separates the Eiffel Tower from the military square in Paris.
The originators of the tournament are Hammadoun Sidibe and Thibaut de Longeville. Gentlemen, inspired by the dirty and street basketball game in New York's Rucker Park, decided to recreate the legendary tournaments in the center of Europe. They worked on this idea for over 10 years. Over 1,500 viewers came to the first edition, which can be considered a remarkable success. The second founder often worked on the project in New York. Thanks to his connections from the world of hip hop, he managed to invite people such as Fat Joe or Terror Squad to cooperate on Q54. In 2003, Nike also joined the cooperation, which continues to provide outfits and shoes for the entire tournament.
From year to year, the event became more and more popular. Currently, about ten thousand people come to the entire event year after year. In 2006, the event partner also changed. Nike was replaced by Jordan Brand, which on this occasion issues a dedicated collection of clothes and shoes every year. Over the years of organizing the tournament, many models dedicated to this tournament have hit the store shelves. For us, the most memorable are the editions from 2017 and 2018, when the colors of the tournament were dressed in the Air Jordan XXXI, Air Jordan 1 High OG (colors divided in half) or the pack consisting of Air Jordan 3 and Russell Westbrook's first shoes, i.e. Why Not Zer0.1.
This year, considering the ambassadors, the colors of their shoes were given to Zion Williamson and Luka Donicia. In addition, the dedicated colors of the Air Jordan 1 and Air Jordan 7 models will also be available next to them. And just take a look at this collection of clothes that asks to wear it during one of the upcoming hot days!
And you, have you ever had the opportunity to see a great show like the Quai 54 tournament up close? How about if we send our representation there next year? Maybe we will organize some 5x5 qualifying tournaments as well? Would you like it? Let us know in the comments and by the way, take a look at this year's Q54 collection