Here’s a chance to combine hoops, fitness and fun while doing good at the same time.

The Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens will host the 3v3 Corporate Challenge Basketball Tournament on Sunday, Dec. 2, starting at 11 a.m.

There will be some star power – and some cross-training – as former New York Jets fullback Tony Richardson will try his luck. The NFL Hall of Fame inductee just joined the Variety Club’s board, and he’s ready to make a good impression, regardless of the sport.

NYC Football Club, Heroes Basketball, Skanska, New York Life, Chip NYC and Edward Jones, the reigning champion of this periodic contest, are assembling their best talent. The New York Mets Foundation, Lime, Pharmapacks and Super Soccer Stars might also present teams as they are the tournament’s sponsors.

All are invited, and competitors can bring pre-formed teams or find partners for pick-up squads. The format is three-on-three, but each side can have five players and use substitutes.

Registration is $500 per squad or $100 per player. All the proceeds will go directly to the Variety Club, which serves about 4,000 youngsters per year via after-school, weekend and summer programs that include homework help, coding, engineering, drama, dance and sports. Open seven days a week, the 30,000-square-foot main facility features an indoor swimming pool, lab, computer room, teaching kitchen, gym, auditorium, art studio, dance studio, film studio and outdoor playground.

The scene of constant tournaments and pick-ups games, the basketball court is a hallowed arena among city players and enthusiasts. Ron Artest, a local legend from Queensbridge who played in the NBA for 18 years and changed his name to “Metta World Peace,” got his start at the Variety Club, which is located at 21-12 30th Rd. near the Astoria/Long Island City border.

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