Industry News | January 30, 2014

McDonald’s Announces All American Games Rosters

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The McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Games unveiled the official rosters for the 37th Annual Boys Game and 13th Annual Girls Game during the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Show on ESPNU. The nation’s top annual high school basketball all-star event will again be played at Chicago’s United Center on April 2.

The 2014 McDonald’s All American Boys Team features the consensus number one player in the country, Jahlil Okafor from Chicago, playing for the West Team against the East Team’s top big man Cliff Alexander, also from Chicago. The Boys Game begins at 8:30 p.m. on April 2 and will be televised live on ESPN.

The Girls Team includes top ranked A’Ja Wilson from Columbia, South Carolina, along with five players from California and four from Texas. The Girls Game begins at 6 p.m. on April 2, and will be televised live on ESPNU.

“The McDonald’s All American Games are where the elite players serve notice of what’s to come at the next level,” says Douglas Freeland, director of the McDonald’s All American Games. “With the great success of last year’s players at the collegiate level this year, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for Chicago on April 2.”

This year’s teams were selected from the field of more than 1,000 nominees by the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee, led by committee chairman Morgan Wootten, Hall-of-Fame basketball coach.

Since 1978, more than 1,150 players have competed in the McDonald’s All American Games, forming an elite list of some of the top names in basketball history including, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Sylvia Fowles, Candace Parker, Maya Moore, and Elena Delle Donne.

Tickets to the 2014 McDonald’s All American Games are available through Ticketmaster and start at $10. Net proceeds from the games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). The Games have raised more than $10 million for RMHC since 1978.                                                                                                                                               

The Powerade Jam Fest—featuring many of the McDonald’s All American Games players in a skills competition, three-point shootout, and dunk contest—will be held at the Gerald Ratner Athletic Center on the campus of the University of Chicago on March 31. The competitions will air live at 8:00 p.m. on ESPNU.

Sponsors of the 2014 McDonald’s All American Games include Powerade, Coca Cola, adidas, American Family Insurance, The Rock, Wrigley’s Orbit gum, Fathead, Lids, and Athletico Physical Therapy.