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UNCF All-Star Basketball Classic Celebrates 30 Years of Sending Students to College

UNCF All-Star Basketball Classic Celebrates 30 Years of Sending Students to College

TAMPA, FL - The Tampa Basketball Committee announces the 30th Annual All-Star Basketball Classic, presented by the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, on Friday, March 6, 2015. The girls’ and boys’ games will be played at Jefferson High School in Tampa starting at 6 p.m., and will feature three-point shootout and slam dunk contests during intermission. The Committee has invited college scouts from throughout Florida to watch these athletes in action with hopes they can offer players full scholarships. Funds from the game will support UNCF scholarships.

“This game allows high school students to showcase their skills, and it also raises funds for scholarships,” said Ricky Roberts, co-chair of the event. “All high schools in Hillsborough County have been invited to participate, so the game brings the entire community together for fun and enjoyment.”

The All-Star Basketball Classic was started 30 years ago, by legendary educator Dr. Sam Horton, as an opportunity for African-American students to demonstrate their basketball prowess to college scouts. Then, there were only about 10 high schools in Hillsborough. As the game has grown, and the number of high schools has more than tripled, students of all backgrounds have benefitted from playing in the city-wide game. A big advantage for players is that many of them will go home with money to help pay for college.

“The funds we raise stays right here in the community,” said Roberts. “Local players will receive scholarships that night based on high GPAs and other accomplishments.”

Coaches for the games are: East Boys team, Tampa Bay Tech High Head Coach Adrian Johnson; West Boys team, Jefferson High Head Coach Eric Hayes; East Girls team, Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High Head Coach Maggie Hedley; and West Girls team, Tampa Preparatory School Head Coach J.C. Smith.

“I am excited to continue the legacy of Dr. Sam Horton and honor the top basketball players in the county,” said Angel Williams, co-chair of the event. “It has been a great joy to work with so many leaders in our community.”

The All-Star Basketball Classic is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, Moffitt Cancer Center, George Edgecomb Bar Association, Ted Taylor & Associates, P.A., Joli Cooper-Nelson, CCM Graphics, Tarence Kinsey Foundation, Big John’s Alabama BBQ, Melissa Polo Law, P.A. and Ricky Roberts Photography. General admission tickets are $5 and corporate sponsorships are also available.

For more information on the 30th Annual All-Star Game, please contact UNCF at (407) 896-6940 or visit uncf.org.

About UNCF

UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students' education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 21 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." Learn more at  www.UNCF.org

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