High school basketball teams and players of all demographics from southwest Ohio will come together on the hardwood this January and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in the inaugural Midwest King Classic.
The event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, January 19-20, 2019 at Jerry Lucas Court in the Wade E. Miller Arena at Middletown High School. Sixteen teams from the area, boys and girls, will compete throughout the weekend and showcase their talents. Schedule is as follows:
- Saturday, January 19, 2019
o 4:30 p.m. Middletown vs. Western Hills (Girls)
o 6:15 p.m. Covington Catholic vs. Elder (Boys)
o 8:00 p.m. Sycamore vs. CHCA (Boys)
- Sunday, January 20, 2019
o 1:00 p.m. Hughes vs. Urbana (Boys)
o 2:45 p.m. Middletown vs. Crestwood (Boys)
o 4:30 p.m. LaSalle vs. Thurgood Marshall (Boys)
o 6:15 p.m. Deer Park vs. Purcell Marian (Boys)
o 8:00 p.m. Moeller vs. Lakota East (Boys)
In addition to competing on the court, each of the participating schools will compete in a school project in which they will create an exhibit that expresses and illustrates their favorite Martin Luther King, Jr. quote. Exhibits will be displayed at Middletown High School throughout the King Classic. Celebrity judges will determine the top exhibit submitted by participating schools and the winner will receive a pizza party and a $1,000 prize to go toward student development.
Tickets are now available to the public for purchase. For more details, please visit KingClassicMidwest.com. Event proceeds benefit Kids2Camp, which was established to provide scholarships to disadvantaged or disabled youth for the opportunity to attend sports camps.