The Kimmel Carter team was proud to support the Blue-Gold All-Star Basketball Games on Saturday, March 19 at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center.
An annual event benefiting Best Buddies Delaware, the Games showcased the top senior high school basketball players in the state as selected by the Delaware Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association, with a 1:30 p.m. girls’ game and a 4:00 p.m. boys’ game.
The Gold teams, made up of students from southern Delaware high schools, swept the Games, beating out top Blue team players like Sanford’s Mikey Dixon in the boys’ game and Chrishyanah Alston in the girls’ game.
The packed lineup also included a “local celebrity sponsors” game, a $10,000 shot contest and entertainment from mascots, the Smyrna High School pep band, and McKean High School cheerleaders. NBC10 Philadelphia Reporter and Salesianum graduate Tim Furlong emceed throughout the day.
The Blue-Gold All-Star Basketball Games have raised millions of dollars for charity since they were founded in 1999 by Morton Kimmel. Since 2009, Blue-Gold Basketball proceeds have benefited Best Buddies Delaware, a nonprofit that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A driving annual fundraiser for the organization, the Games typically raise over $100,000 each year to support the chapter’s middle school, high school and citizen level programs. Funds come primarily from sponsorships like Kimmel Carter’s and from private donations, in addition to ticket sales.
Kimmel Carter has been a presenting sponsor for the Games since their founding. Over the years, members of the Kimmel Carter team have also typically played in the sponsors’ game, with Associate Sean Gambogi representing Kimmel Carter this year.
A former sponsors’ team player himself, Managing Partner Larry Kimmel took over for Morton Kimmel as Chair of the Blue-Gold Basketball Board of Trustees in 2013 and has since led yearly planning and fundraising efforts.
Larry values the impact that Blue-Gold Basketball makes on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as the opportunities the Games create for the student athletes, who are invited to take part in a series of educational activities preceding game day. He was excited to join the students at the Blue-Gold Basketball practices on Tuesday, March 15 and to lead the group during “Dover Day” on March 16, as they heard from Superior Court Judge Robert Young and AJ Roop, Senior Criminal Strategist to
Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn, introduced themselves in front of a live state House of Representatives session, and met with Governor Jack Markell in his office.
Larry also hosted the Blue-Gold Basketball Banquet on Thursday, March 17 at Dover Downs, where he spoke about the impact of Best Buddies Delaware and the special capacity the all-star players have to make a difference in their communities.
Delaware State Representative Harvey Kenton was honored at this year’s Blue-Gold Basketball banquet and entrepreneur and renowned boxer Dave Tiberi was inducted into the Blue-Gold Basketball Hall of Fame at the Games on March 19. The Blue-Gold Basketball Board was also honored to have Eagles Offensive Guard Andrew Gardner and Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia Reporter Derrick Gunn at the Games.
More About Larry Kimmel
Committed to his efforts to serve the community, Larry Kimmel is a co-founder and former chair of the Jewish Federation of Delaware’s Ben-Gurion Society and has served as President of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association and as Chair of the Delaware State Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation section. Through the DTLA and the Bar Association, Larry has helped to pass laws that protect the rights of personal injury plaintiffs and workers’ compensation claimants in Delaware.
In recognition of his leadership and service in the legal field and in the greater community, Larry has received the Young Lawyers’ Distinguished Service Award from the Delaware State Bar Association, the 2015 “Top Leader for Small Business” award from WorkplaceDynamics and the Wilmington News Journal, and a place on the 2015 Delaware Business Times “DBT40” list of young innovators and achievers. A top personal injury lawyer in Delaware, he has also been named to the annual Delaware Super Lawyers Rising Stars list and to the Delaware Today “Top Lawyers” list.