NEWARK, Del.- Rosters for the 2018 Blue-Gold all-star basketball teams were announced, featuring the best Delaware senior high school basketball players chosen by the Delaware Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association.
The two boys and girls teams will play Saturday, March 17, at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, all day benefiting Best Buddies Delaware.
The Blue teams represent northern Delaware while the gold teams are from southern Delaware. The girl’s game begins at 1 p.m. and the boys’ game follows the end of the girls’.
The experience is family-friendly and consists of a kids’ fun zone, pre-game middle school basketball skills clinic, three-point shot contest for the girls and slam dunk contest for the boys. There will be a high school band fest between games as well.
“This is a special experience for the players who were selected, to be recognized by their coaches not only as terrific basketball players but as leaders and role models,” said Attorney Larry Kimmel, chair of the Blue-Gold basketball board of trustees. “We’re pleased to again partner with Best Buddies Delaware to highlight the important role that their organization plays in schools and communities across the state.”
Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization that was founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver in 1989. Tom Waite is the state director of Best Buddies Delaware, which offers opportunities for middle school, high school, college and adult members.
“The legacy of Blue-Gold basketball is the public awareness created and funds generated in support of the Best Buddies mission of inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Waite.
Delaware attorney Morton Kimmel founded the Blue-Gold all-star basketball games in 1999. The games have raised millions of dollars for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities over the years and have produced scholarships for dozens of student athletes.
Ticket and schedule information plus more details can be found at www.bestbuddies.org/bluegold.