Kimmel Carter Managing Partner Larry Kimmel, who is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Blue-Gold Basketball, is pleased to announce the release of the full schedule for this year’s Blue-Gold All-Star Basketball Games.
Four teams will compete in the annual Blue-Gold All-Star Basketball Games on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Bob Carpenter Center, in a day-long family-friendly event. The Blue teams – the top 30 senior basketball players from northern Delaware – will face off against the Gold teams – the top 30 senior basketball players from southern Delaware – starting with the girls’ game at 1:00 p.m. and concluding with the boys’ game at 3:30 p.m. Event proceeds will benefit Best Buddies Delaware, a nonprofit that enhances the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) by providing opportunities for socialization and employment.
In addition to the 60 student athletes and several high school coaches chosen to participate in the Games, each year, four high school students who are Best Buddies participants are also invited to attend all of the Blue-Gold Basketball related events as honorary “coaches,” and many more buddies enjoy attending and volunteering at the Games.
Game day activities include a Kid’s Fun Zone, a half-time 3-point shot contest during the girls’ game, a half-time slam dunk contest during the boys’ game, and a special skills clinic for middle school players before the games, presented by the Delaware Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association. A new feature at this year’s Games will be a “Band Fest” which will be held between games. Fans will be treated to performances by bands from Newark HS, Conrad School of Science and AI duPont HS. More info and tickets for the clinic can be found on the Best Buddies Blue-Gold website.
Committed to the idea that the Games can help the student athletes grow both as players and as students and citizens, the student athletes are invited to several events during the week leading up to the games. Practices will be held on Tuesday, March 14, during which players will have a chance to hear from several speakers including Superior Court Judge Vivian Medinilla, Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Eric Johnson, cardiac surgeon Dr. Ray Blackwell, and Wilmington City Treasurer Velda Jones-Potter. On Wednesday, March 15, the students will attend a Superior Court presentation led by Judge Robert Young, followed by a lunch with Attorney General Matt Denn, and introduce themselves during a live House of Representatives session at Legislative Hall. At the end of the day, the group will meet and take individual photographs with Governor Carney. The Blue-Gold Basketball banquet will take place on Thursday, March 16 at Del Tech, where the student athletes and Best Buddies participants will be honored in front of an expected crowd of more than 600 people.
The Blue-Gold Basketball All-Star Games
Kimmel Carter’s Founding Partner Morton Kimmel founded the games in 1999 with goals to raise money to support individuals with intellectual disabilities and to create an event that would have a positive impact on the Delaware high school basketball community. For the past few years, Blue-Gold Basketball has become a vital source of annual funding for Best Buddies Delaware, and proceeds from the Games have directly enabled the organization to establish Buddies programs in schools throughout the state. Last year, the Games drew a crowd of over 4,000 and raised more than $100,000, bringing the total to over $2,000,000 raised for Delaware charities since the first games.
After years of assisting with Blue-Gold Basketball and playing in the annual Sponsors game, Kimmel Carter Managing Partner Larry Kimmel succeeded Morton Kimmel as Chair of the Blue-Gold Basketball Board of Trustees in 2013. Larry, who played basketball at Tower Hill School and remains one of the top three all-time scorers in the history of Tower Hill School, was selected to play on the North (now “Blue”) all-star team when he was a senior, and was recruited to play basketball and baseball at Cornell University.
“Blue-Gold Basketball means a lot to me for a number of reasons,” Larry says. “It’s incredibly rewarding to know that the Games make a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities, but I also believe that Blue-Gold Basketball can have a real impact on the student athletes and high school basketball in general. We really try to make the Games a meaningful and memorable experience beyond the athletic component.”
Committed to ensuring that the Games are a positive force for the Delaware high school basketball community, over 100 college coaches are invited to attend the Games each year. Blue-Gold Basketball has the potential to help the student athletes to grow not only as players, but also as students and citizens. Over the years, a number of all-star team members have received scholarships and have made the decision to attend college specifically due to recruiting on game day.
As a presenting sponsor for Blue-Gold Basketball, Kimmel Carter team members enjoy attending and volunteering at the Games every year. In addition, presenting sponsors for this year’s Games include the Kimmel Spiller Charitable Foundation, Discover, Delaware Diagnostics and Rehabilitation, WSFS Bank, First State Orthopaedics, Highmark Delaware, Delmarva Power, Dynamic Physical Therapy, Summit Pharmacy, and Pond Lehocky.
To see the full event schedule and to purchase tickets for the Games and the Blue-Gold Basketball Banquet, or to register for the middle school skills clinic, please visit www.bestbuddies.org/bluegold. For information about sponsorships or to make a donation, please contact Best Buddies Philadelphia and Delaware Area Director Tom Waite at (302) 691-3187 or send an email to TomWaite@bestbuddies.org.