Top high school basketball players from North Carolina and South Carolina to face off in state-versus-state games
WILMINGTON, NC—January 25, 2018: Hosted by the North Carolina Coaches Association and the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association, the 2018 Carolinas Classic All-Star Basketball Games are headed to Wilmington this March. The games are sponsored by House of Raeford Farms FLOCK, the non-profit arm of House of Raeford Farms, with all ticket sale proceeds benefitting the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation.
Twenty of North Carolina’s top high school senior boys and girls will face off against 20 of the top players in South Carolina during this year’s Carolinas Classic. The players will be in Wilmington, NC from March 22 – 24, with the boy’s and girl’s tournament games taking place consecutively beginning at 6:00 p.m. on March 24 at John T. Hoggard High School. The North Carolina and South Carolina Coaches Associations will announce specific participants at a later date.
“We’re excited to bring the Carolinas Classic games to Wilmington this year and showcase the best of what North Carolina and South Carolina have to offer in the sport of basketball,” said Shell Dula and Phil Weaver, executive directors of the South Carolina and North Carolina Coaches’ Associations, respectively. “These are not only the top 40 players in our two states, but they’re also amazing student athletes who have proven their abilities on and off the court, in the classroom and in their communities.”
For the first time since the tournament began 20 years ago, the athletes will participate in community service events, including a visit to the children’s hospital at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, hosting basketball clinics at the Brigade Boys & Girls Club and the Community Boys & Girls Club, and visiting two New Hanover County elementary schools.
“One of our top missions with FLOCK is youth development and making sure the kids in our communities become productive and positive members of our society,” said House of Raeford CEO Bob Johnson. “With the Carolinas Classic, our goal is to not only make a positive impact on these student athletes, but we’re asking them to also make a positive impact on their host community through these volunteer activities.”
Additionally, FLOCK will donate all tournament proceeds to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation, whose mission is to improve the health and comfort of patients at the hospital. The proceeds will go directly toward improving the women’s and children’s hospital.
“We are honored that House of Raeford has chosen New Hanover Regional Medical Center Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital as the beneficiary of the 2018 Carolinas Classic,” said Schorr Davis, Vice President of Development and Executive Director of New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation. “This will not only be an exciting event for our community to support and attend, but a wonderful opportunity for our young athletes to come together in competition, while demonstrating leadership, compassion and sportsmanship.”
Tickets for the tournament games are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.carolinasclassic.com. For more information and a full schedule of events, click here.
About the North Carolina and South Carolina Coaches’ Associations
The North Carolina Coaches Association, established in 1948, exists to promote and improve athletics in North Carolina public schools and to foster high standards of ethics and sportsmanship. Likewise, the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association was founded in 1946 with a mission to promote, protect, and teach the student athletes of South Carolina through effective leadership and professional development of coaches. Both organizations have over 6,000 members each. Since 1998, the two associations have partnered to host the Carolinas Classic All-Star Basketball Games. The event features the top senior basketball players from North and South Carolina in both the boys’ and girls’ divisions.
About House of Raeford Farms
House of Raeford Farms, Inc. is one of the nation’s top ten largest chicken processors, providing ready-to-cook and further processed chicken products to the foodservice, retail, and export markets. The company is family-owned and operated and based out of Rose Hill, North Carolina with additional facilities in Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina. House of Raeford Farms FLOCK is the company’s non-profit arm that aims to help people in the communities in which House of Raeford operates through youth development, hunger relief and other programs.