The 36th annual “Free Throwers Boomerang Tournament” returns to Delaware on Saturday.
The longest running boomerang tournament in the nation, the Free Throwers was founded by Delaware native and three-time world champion and 12-time U.S. national champion Chet Snouffer in 1980.
Since then, the event has served as the host for a record six U.S. nationals and was the site for the historic 1984 USA-Australia test match in which the Aussies avenged their 1981 loss to the U.S. on Aussie soil in the first-ever international boomerang challenge, organizers say.
This year’s event will be at the Delaware Area YMCA soccer fields at 1121 S. Houk Road. The events starts at 10 a.m. and will conclude around 7 p.m. Spectator guides and facilitators will be on hand to explain the events and the personalities on the field.
Sports Illustrated photographer David Klutho will again attend the event, this year focusing on stories behind the players for Derek Jeter’s “The Players Tribune.” The Players Tribune is a web-based forum.
Klutho has featured U.S. team members Chet Snouffer, Logan Broadbent and Gary Broadbent in several of his sports photography books and will again be shooting the action on the field in Delaware. Last year’s tournament saw the use of high-tech drones, aerial shots, 3-D technology and more, organizers say.
For more information, contact tournament director Snouffer at 740-816-1844.