Governors Challenge Will Take Place in 2020 Without Fans
SALISBURY, Md.- The Governors Challenge Basketball Challenge is set to return for its 40th anniversary this December. In addition to a modified team tournament, organizers will introduce Governors Challenge Select, an elite basketball experience designed for the individual athlete.
Because of the uncertainty of public high school sports in the different states this years’s event will only feature private schools.
“Our mission has always been to provide an opportunity for high school basketball players from Delmarva, and across the country, to showcase their talents and have a phenomenal experience,” said Tournament Director James Simmons. “While the Governors Challenge will be considerably smaller this year, we feel it is important to continue serving the high school student-athlete community by offering a safe and secure event.”
With a shortened schedule, the event will now take place Dec. 28-30 at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury. The health and safety of all those involved is the top priority. Protocols will be in place for the duration of the tournament, including extended game time slots, separating individual teams off-court, consistent sanitation and daily screening of all staff, coaches and players.
Current guidance does not allow spectators to attend the event, but fans are encouraged to view over live stream.
Tournament organizers have created an additional event, the Governors Challenge Select, which will take place at the Wicomico Civic Center Dec. 4-6. This elite basketball experience is designed for the individual high school basketball athlete. Both girls and boys are invited to join.
“We are especially excited about providing the public school athletes, whose seasons have been affected, with an opportunity to still be seen and have an elite basketball experience,” Simmons said. “Governors Challenge Select brings together our best partners and staff to create an experience that will help develop athletes and give them a taste of what it’s like to play in a collegiate level environment.”
Attendees’ experience will include skill development, college coaches, meals, scrimmages, seminars, action photos, head shots, interview guidance and various contests, as well as measurements and combine statistics.