After a long absence, Cape Henlopen High School will once again host the Slam Dunk to the Beach Basketball Tournament in December.
Welcome Back! The State of Delaware and basketball fans alike welcome the return of the very popular Slam Dunk to the Beach Basketball Tournament this winter. The Delaware Sports Commission announced Wednesday morning at the University of Delaware that the tournament will return to Cape Henlopen High School this winter from December 27-29, 2014, after an 11-year absence.
The tournament featured some amazing high school athletes, some who are now in the NBA, including Carmelo Anthony (’00), Dwight Howard (’03), J.J. Redick (’01) and Lebron James (’01).
Slam Dunk Chairman, Dr. Matthew Robinson, from the University of Delaware’s Sports Management Program, said this year’s tournament will feature 15 teams from around the country.
“This year’s field is headlined by teams who annually occupy spots in the national high school rankings.
These teams represent seven states and the District of Columbia,” he said.
Robinson said the 2014 lineup includes Ss. John Neumann-Goretti High School (Philadelphia, PA), Gonzaga College High school (Washington, D.C.), Our Savior New American School (Centereach, NY), Roselle Catholic High School (Roselle, NJ), Christ the King High School (Middle Village, NY), Mt. St. Joseph’s High School (Baltimore, MD), and Gill St. Bernard’s School (Gladstone, NJ). Two other schools have a further distance to travel: St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, (Akron, OH) and Sunrise Christian Academy (Wichita, KS). A fifteenth team will be added closer to the tournament.
The local teams from Delaware were announced in March and include defending state champion Salesianum School (Wilmington), Sanford School (Hockessin), St. Georges Technical High School (St. Georges), Caesar Rodney High School (Dover), and Cape Henlopen High School (Lewis).
Robinson said the tournament had provided about $12-million in economic impact to the state, “And gave some student-athletes an opportunity to vist the Delaware beaches for the first time in their lives.”
A limited number of three-day tournament tickets are now available. For more information on tickets or the Slam Dunk tournament visit: slamdunktothebeach.com.