JOSH HOWARD FOUNDATION NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR OF NC SCHOLASTIC CLASSIC

Greensboro, N.C. – The Josh Howard Foundation has been named the presenting sponsor for the 7th Annual NC Scholastic Classic, a spectacular six-game event that brings the best in amateur hoops to Greensboro.

Founded by the current NBA and former Wake Forest star, The Josh Howard Foundation is dedicated to helping to improve the quality of life of economically challenged communities by utilizing programs and services that focus on academic improvement, community outreach, and athletic and fitness training.

“I am excited about being a part of this tournament which showcases the best of the best. This is not just about dribbling a ball but about keeping your grades up and being an all around good student,” said Howard. “Being a part of this Tournament is an honor. This is an opportunity for the rest of America to see what we know is true, North Carolina has the best pool of smart, talented athletes!”

In this sixth year with the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, Howard, a 6-7 guard/forward, owns career averages of 16.4 ppg and 6.4 rpg. A Winston-Salem native, Howard attended Wake Forest where his senior season included leading the Demon Deacons to their first ACC regular season title in 41 years and earning First Team All-America honors by the Associated Press. He was also a unanimous selection as ACC Player of the Year (first unanimous selection since David Thompson in 1975).

Featuring top high school and prep teams, the Josh Howard Foundation NC Scholastic Classic will feature elite prep teams and a host of Division I basketball prospects. Top players include Word of God’s John Wall, considered the nation’s top point guard prospect, Ravenscroft High School’s 6’ 9” forward Ryan Kelly (Duke recruit) and Mason Plumlee of Christ School, who is also being heavily recruited by Duke.

In its first year (2003), the North Carolina Scholastic Classic brought future NBA superstar LeBron James to the Triad, drawing a crowd of 16,220, a North Carolina state record for a high school basketball game. Other future NBA stars who have appeared in the Classic include Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Josh Smith (Atlanta Hawks).

Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets including participating area Lowes Foods locations, FYE and Macy’s stores, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or 336-852-1100 or at the Greensboro Coliseum box office. All tickets are $10.00 and seating is general admission. The first 500 kids in attendance will receive a free t-shirt courtesy of the Josh Howard Foundation.

For more information on the Josh Howard Foundation go to www.joshhowardfoundation.com.

EVENT: The Josh Howard Foundation NC Scholastic Classic.

DATE: Monday, January 19

SCHEDULE: 11:30AM Forsyth Country Day vs. Page

1:00PM Ravenscroft School vs. Northern Guilford

2:30PM Glenn vs. Greensboro Day

4:30PM Oak Hill Academy vs. Christ School

6:00PM Word of God vs. Ragsdale

7:30PM Southern Durham vs. Patterson School

VENUE: Special Events Center

TICKETS: $10.00. Seating is general admission