Police cars roll up, uniformed and plain clothes officers gather alongside members from the local immigrant community and area churches. It’s not a sight you typically see but it’s become a regular occurrence in Costa Mesa.
Mika’s C3 Basketball Tournament & Community Fair was created in partnership with Mika and the Costa Mesa Police Department 13 years ago. What started as a 3-on-3 street tournament on Shalimar Dr. has turned into a city wide event. The 3 C’s stand for Cops, Church, and Community with each entity represented on each team.
In a national climate marked by division and tension between police and minority communities, this event is more important than ever.
Costa Mesa’s Chief of Police, Rob Sharpnack has this to say about the event, “The C3 tournament serves as a conduit for introductions and quality communication between the Police Department and community members we serve. Communication, trust, and collaboration are critical components in our efforts toward making Costa Mesa peaceful and safe. Members of the CMPD value and enjoy the opportunity to participate in such a worthwhile event, which goes to the heart of our community policing philosophy.”
The tournament has grown to include a community fair that attracts hundreds from the local community. Residents make authentic Mexican food to sell, businesses, agencies and local churches set up booths and activities for kids. Local DJ, DJ Kaboom serves as the emcee and provides music throughout the day. Dozens of items are available for the raffle held throughout the day that goes to support Mika’s work of building whole relationships in the community.
Some of our raffle items include: 4 Disneyland Park Hopper tickets, 2 bikes from The Cyclist, Neat Coffee gift certificate, Sidecar Doughnuts goodies, 31Bits jewelry, beauty certificates and much more!
“It’s one of my favorite days of the year,” says Mika’s Executive Director Keturah Kennedy, “you look around and see multiple sectors of the community that wouldn’t normally have reason to be together. It’s a beautiful picture of why I love Costa Mesa.”
This year’s tournament will be held on
Saturday, April 8th from 11am-4pm
at Costa Mesa’s Downtown Recreation Center