19th Annual Blue & Gold All-Star Basketball Game raises over $75K

A week full of events, honors, lunches, and banquets, All-Star players came together to compete at the Blue and Gold All-Star Games that raised over $75K for Best Buddies of Delaware.

NEWARK: On Saturday, the top 30 male and female high school basketball players in the state came together at the Bob Carpenter Center to compete in their final game – the All- Star basketball game. This is the athlete’s last game in the high school basketball arena, and if you’ve never been to an All-Star game, you don’t know what you’re missing.

In addition to game day, the players were also honored on Wednesday March 15th with a day full of welcome presentations. The players started their day at the Delaware Superior Court in Dover where they met with Superior Court Judge Robert B. Young, and was given a tour of the Kent County Courthouse. Following the courthouse visit, the players had lunch at the Schwartz Center for the Arts and a meeting with Attorney General Matt Denn. Finally, they made a visit to Legislative Hall where each player introduced themselves to a live House session and to end the day, met with Governor John Carney in his office.

As if Wednesday was not enough excitement for the teams, on Thursday, a banquet dinner was held at the Delaware Technical & Community College in Dover. The banquet dinner was held for players and their family members from 6 to 8 P.M. The banquet also honored the “North and South top ten players in the state” regardless of grade level which was voted by coaches.

On game day, an experience not to forget and a family friendly event for all, the Bob Carpenter Center had something for everyone. A Kids Zone kept the little ones occupied with interactive games and activities, and for the first time ever, not one but three Delaware high school bands made their appearance to help you cheer on the Blue and Gold teams. This year’s lineup of bands included Conrad, A.I. Dupont, and the Newark H.S. Marching Bands who helped keep the tunes during breaks and half times. Concessions and vendor stands were also set up on the upper level.

For the second time in Blue and Gold history, Middle school students got involved with a pre-game Basketball Clinic. The 90 minute clinic is sponsored by the Delaware Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association. Participating middle school students focused on preparing for the transition to high school basketball and also included a lunch, meet and greet with members of the 2017 Blue and Gold All-Stars, and a commemorative t-shirt.

Between games, local celebrities like Miss Delaware, Julius Erving, and others got social and signed autographs. The players also participated in half time events. Girls competed in a three point shot contest, and the boys competed in a slam dunk contest.

Local politicians such as Governor John Carney, Senator Thomas Carper, and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester made an appearance and even had a few words at center court. They also participated with half time on-court events, and of course the UD Blue Hens mascot, YouDee was there too.

The girl’s game started first at 1:00 P.M., 30 girls were selected by a panel of coaches from a pool of nominations by local coaches. 15 of the girls represent Kent and Sussex County and 15 girls represented New Castle County. The coaches were also nominated by their peers for the prestigious honor of coaching the All-Stars. The boys and the boy’s coaches were also selected in the same manner.

The winners of this year’s All-Stars game was the girls Blue team who led a score of 66-54 and the Boys gold team with a score of 92-91.

Photo: Tom Waite

By now, you’re probably wondering what the Blue & Gold All-Stars Basketball game is. The Blue and Gold All-Star Basketball Games was founded by local attorney Morton R. Kimmel and are presented by Kimmel, Carter, Roman, Peltz and O’Neill PA and the Kimmel Spiller Charitable Foundation to benefit Best Buddies Delaware.

Proceeds from the Games benefit the Best buddies of Delaware who depends on the financial success of events to continue to empower them the ability to help, serve, and support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities within Delaware.

Thanks to this year’s event, the games helped raised over $75,000.00 according to Tom Waite, the organizations state’s director.

“Our thanks to all those who played a part in the success of the 19th annual Blue-Gold All-Star Basketball Games at the Bob Carpenter Center recently. We enjoyed celebrating the 60 top senior boys and girls in the state in a friendly competition and it was great to shine a spotlight on Best Buddies Delaware and our mission of inclusion. Thank you to our volunteers, sponsors, supporters and committee members!”, said Tom Waite, Delaware Director for Best Buddies.

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