by Eric Latzer
March 3, 2003
INDIANAPOLIS - Tickets for the Jermaine O'Neal Super Shootout 2003, featuring the premier boys and girls high school basketball players from Marion County, are now on sale.
Tickets for the Saturday, April 12 event in Conseco Fieldhouse are priced at $5 for general admission seating. Tickets will go on sale at noon at the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (317) 239-5151 or via the internet at www.ticketmaster.com. Group tickets are also available by calling the Indiana Pacers' office at (317) 917-2500.
The Jermaine O'Neal Super Shootout is being sponsored by Pacers Sports & Entertainment; NIKE; Finish Line; The Indianapolis Recorder; Sport Graphics; Pepsi; and Bob Block's Sports and Fitness. O'Neal, the Pacers' All-Star forward, is carrying on a tradition that was started in 1991 by The Recorder, the oldest African-American newspaper in the State of Indiana. The tournament features the best senior boys and girls basketball players in Marion County participating in 3-point shooting contests, all-star games and, for the boys, a slam dunk contest.
Activities on April 12 start at 1:30 p.m., with the boys' 3-point shooting contest. At 2:00 p.m., the girls' shootout will take place followed by the boys' slam dunk competition (4:30 p.m.), the girls' 3-point shooting contest (5:00 p.m.) and the boys' shootout at 5:30 pm.
Proceeds from the tournament will go to local charities. Currently, local not-for-profit organizations are being reviewed for consideration as beneficiaries of this year's tournament proceeds.
O'Neal will also host a parent-athlete banquet and be the featured speaker on April 10. It was also announced that the outstanding male and female player from each game would receive a $1,000 scholarship in honor of the late Shannon McPherson and John Stewart, two outstanding players who played in Marion County.
For more information, contact Pacers Sports & Entertainment at (317) 917-2500.