On behalf of the entire Annual Shirts vs Skins Basketball Classic organization (SVSBC), welcome and thank you for attending our 3rd Annual event at the beautiful campus of Coppin State University. We sincerely thank Coppin State University for welcoming our basketball showcase in their first-class facility. Yes, Baltimore is a basketball town and let’s showcase some of the finest talent in the country in our own backyard.
Last year, the traditional basketball powerhouse, St. Frances Academy hosted the SVSBC and the teams delivered exciting, competitive games on the court. This year, we continue to focus on bringing competitive games, Top 100 players and teams and quality entertainment to the Baltimore, Maryland region. Some of the players who graced our event last year, and who are now playing at major Division I colleges are Darryl Morsell (Maryland), Bourama Sidibe (Syracuse), Hamidou Diallo (Kentucky) and Isaiah Whaley (UConn) to name a few.
Our 3rd Annual SVSBC is the year that we remember our origin. The SVSBC organizers were determined to invite public schools to participate in our nationally-recognized event this year. Therefore, Dulaney High School, Western High School, and girls team of Polytechnic Institute will compete in this year’s event. Western High School was the first girls school to accept an invitation to the 3rd Annual SVSBC, and we are so excited to have them compete in this year’s lineup.
Much thanks to Frank Kelly Sr. and his son, Frank Kelly III, as they were kind enough to introduce our event to Dr. Thomas Smyth, CEO, UM St. Joseph Medical Center. This well-known institution believed in our vision and will provide the diabetes and wellness education at our event. Also, I would like to share my appreciation for Stan “the Fan” Charles as he introduced me to Terry Hasseltine, V.P., Maryland Stadium Authority. Terry and the Maryland Sports Commission will play an integral part to help grow the SVSBC entity.
We also welcome Merritt Clubs and Shoe City / YCMC.com as major sponsors of the 3rd Annual SVSBC. Merritt Clubs has been making fitness matter in Maryland for 40 years and this year will introduce their Parisi Speed School to several of our participating schools. As Merritt Clubs supports active lifestyles and creates happier and healthier communities, we are proud to have them as a part of our event and vision. Shoe City / YCMC.com is the hallmark of community initiatives and they pride in getting involved and giving back.
I am very fortunate to be surrounded by such a great group of friends and business acquaintances who believed in our vision to host an elite high school basketball showcase. Your support has allowed us to host this event showcasing incredible athletic talent, creating community awareness about diabetes, and allowing mass communications students the opportunity to practice their craft by covering our event through writing, sports casting, and other media and marketing initiatives.