from Rob Goodman 3-G Sports…
â–º New Name: With the 33rd renewal of Greensboroâ€
â–º Unusual Dates: The 2008 Pizza Hut Invitational will actually be contested in 2009 due to the way the calendar falls this year. Since Christmas is on a Thursday, the tournamentâ€
â–º The Tournament: The Pizza Hut Invitational was founded in 1976. At that time, the Big Four Atlantic Coast Conference schools, Duke, N.C. State, UNC-Chapel Hill and Wake Forest, competed in the Big Four Tournament in the Greensboro Coliseum. The Pizza Hut Invitational was created to mirror the tournament that showcased North Carolinaâ€
â–º Major Fundraiser: Schools in Guilford County have received more than $818,000 in Pizza Hut Invitational proceeds from the Greensboro Sports Council in the last nine years. Following the 2007 tournament, $83,000 was distributed to the participating schools from the Pizza Hut Invitational. This Greensboro holiday tournament donates 100 percent of its proceeds to the participating schools and other local charitable causes every year.
â–º Charity: In addition to making its donations to the participating schools, the Pizza Hut Invitational makes other charitable contributions. Past tournament proceeds have been contributed to the American Cancer Societyâ€
â–º 2007 Tournament: In last yearâ€
â–º Honorary Chairperson: Camille Townsend is the Honorary Chairperson of the 2008 Pizza Hut Invitational. An integral part of the Greensboro sports landscape for more than a decade, Townsend has been a member of the Greensboro Sports Council Host Committee since 1995. She is one of the original volunteer coordinators for the Atlantic Coast Conference Menâ€
â–º About Pizza Hut: Since 1989, Pizza Hut has been the title sponsor of the Pizza Hut Invitational. Commodore Restaurants operates eight Pizza Hut locations in the Greensboro area. Additional information about Pizza Hut and Commodore Restaurants is available at www.pizzahut.com.
â– Championships â– Title Game Appearances
â– Page High School – 10 â– Page High School – 14
â– Western Guilford – 4 â– Dudley High School – 9
â– Grimsley High School – 5 â– Smith High School – 7
â– Northeast Guilford – 3 â– Western Guilford – 6
â– Smith High School – 2 â– Grimsley High School – 7
â– Northwest Guilford – 2 â– Northeast Guilford – 5
â– Dudley – 1 â– Northwest Guilford – 4
â– Eastern Guilford – 2(appearances)
â– Championships â– Title Game Appearances
â– Dudley High School – 10 â– Dudley High School – 19
â– Greensboro Day – 8 â– Greensboro Day School – 12
â– Page High School – 7 â– Grimsley High School – 12
â– Grimsley High School – 5 â– Page High School – 10
â– Smith High School – 2 â– Smith High School – 7
â– Eastern Guilford – 1(appearance)
â– Southeast Guilford – 1(appearance)
â– Southwest Guilford – 1(appeaarance)
â– Northeast Guilford – 1(appearance)
â–º Overtime Championships: The Pizza Hut Invitational championship game has gone to overtime twice, and both times, it was a Dudley â€“ Greensboro Day title tilt. In 1987, Greensboro Day beat Dudley 57-55 in Greensboro Dayâ€
â–º Scholarships: The Bill Lee Memorial Scholarship was established in 2001. Lee was a Greensboro native and resident who was a major supporter of local sports. He was deeply involved with Greensboroâ€
â–º Sponsorship: Pizza Hut Invitational revenue comes from ticket sales and sponsorships. The Greensboro Sports Council is very active in raising funds for the tournament, and for the fifth consecutive year, participating schools are sharing in the sponsorship efforts. Each school is soliciting a minimum of $1,500 in sponsorship. Pizza Hut Invitational sponsorship is among the most economical sports marketing opportunities available to local companies.
â–º 2008 Participating Schools: Greensboro Day School, Grimsley High School, Northeast Guilford, Northern Guilford, Northwest Guilford, Page High School, Smith High School and Ragsdale High School.
â–º Tickets: Pizza Hut Invitational tickets are available through the participating schools or at the Greensboro Coliseum Box Office. Tournament books containing tickets for all games are $15. Single-session tickets are $7 for the opening and semi-final rounds and $10 for championship day. Single session tickets are only available at the door of Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center box office.