Atlanta Hawks and The Atlanta Tipoff Club Feature 12 High School Basketball Games At The Third-Annual Hawks-Naismith Holiday Classic This Weekend
High School Basketball Showcase Will Take Place at Norcross High School This Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14
ATLANTA –- The Hawks-Naismith Holiday Classic, presented by Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and The Atlanta Tipoff Club, administrators of the national Naismith Awards, will feature a total of 12 high school basketball games this Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14. Continuing the experimental trial at the Hawks-Naismith Tipoff Classic, which took place in November at the Inman Center at Pace Academy, the Georgia High School Association will allow for the use of a 30-second shot clock for 11 of 12 games during this year’s event.
“The Hawks-Naismith Holiday Classic is bringing the best teams and talent from Atlanta and the state of Georgia under one roof for a weekend of high-level high school basketball,” said ESPN National Recruiting Director for Basketball Paul Biancardi. “The implementation of the shot clock is forward-thinking and will engage all fans while growing the game. Head to Norcross High School this weekend to watch the some of the best, local and national matchups.”
Tickets for the Hawks-Naismith Holiday Classic on Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14 will be available starting at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 at the doors of the Norcross High School gymnasium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students (with a valid ID). All youth under the age of six will be permitted to enter free of charge. Additionally, all students (K-12) and youth who attend will receive a free Atlanta Hawks t-shirt. A special, free Atlanta Hawks ticket voucher will be available to those in attendance while supplies last.
Each year, the Hawks-Naismith Classic partner with a different community organization to make a difference in the community. This year’s Classic has teamed up with the local Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center, home to the Hawks’ 23rd renovated community basketball court, to collect toys for youth who live in that community and visit the Center. Each team has been asked to bring new toys to donate. Parents, family members and fans are also encouraged to join the teams by bringing new toys with them to the games, as well.
The first day of the showcase will begin on Friday, Dec. 13 with matchups of girls teams from both Norcross and Buford (3:00 p.m.) and then, the boys teams from Buford and Wesleyan (5:30 p.m.). Later that evening, the girls teams from Lovejoy and Wesleyan (7:00 p.m.) will compete and Chattahoochee and Pebblebrook (8:30 p.m.) will wrap up the night.
During the morning of Saturday, Dec. 14, the Hawks in partnership with Ken Nugent will host a free Jr. Hawks Basketball Clinic for 100 boys and girls at Norcross High School in advance of the 16 teams that will square off for the second day of the Holiday Classic. The first of these eight games will be the girls teams from Brookwood and Maynard Jackson (10:00 a.m.) followed by the girls teams from North Cobb and Campbell (11:30 a.m.). After that, the boys matchups will start, first with Westside Macon versus Milton (1:00 p.m.) and Central Macon versus Lambert (2:30 p.m.). The afternoon/evening session will tip off with boys teams from Gainesville and Sandy Creek (4:15 p.m.), Discovery and Southwest DeKalb (5:45 p.m.) and Grayson and McEachern (7:15 p.m.). To conclude this year’s event, the host school Norcross will compete against Tucker (8:45 p.m.).
Every second of game action will be live streamed at thesuvtv.com/hawksnaismithclassic. Additional updates and information can be found by visiting HawksNaismith.com or by following @HawksNaismith on Twitter.
Media interested in covering the showcase can request credentials at HawksNaismith.com.