HAECO Invitational Basketball Tournament news from WFMY NEWS 2 Sports(HAECO signs five-year extension):Details on HAECO INVITATIONAL SPONSORSHIP

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HAECO signs five-year extension through 2020 to remain title sponsor of @HAECOInvit HS Hoops Tournament…@WFMY @LizCrawfordWFMY


GREENSBORO, N.C. – HAECO Americas has signed a five-year extension of its title sponsorship of the HAECO Invitational high school basketball tournament, the Greensboro Sports Council announced today. The 41st annual high school basketball tournament, which raises money for charity and its participating schools, is set for Dec. 26-28, 2016 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Special Events Center. Today’s announcement makes HAECO Americas the tournament’s title sponsor through the 2020 event.


HAECO Americas, with headquarters in Greensboro, is an aviation services and aerospace manufacturing company that provides maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) for airplanes and manufactures aircraft interiors. Starting in 2012, its first sponsorship year, HAECO Americas teamed with the Greensboro Sports Council to boost the tournament to benefit participants in new ways. The company later added the Aviation Careers Information Fair to give local high school students and their parents an opportunity to explore aviation as a potential career. In addition to the career-information fair taking place on the last day of the tournament, HAECO invites all members of the men’s and women’s championship teams to its company headquarters in early January for a championship celebration and tour of its facility.

“HAECO Americas is proud to be the title sponsor of the Invitational, rewarding the best teamwork while raising funds for schools and charities,” said Richard Kendall, CEO of HAECO Americas. “As an assist for students who want to get a jump on a secure future, HAECO presents the career fair so they can discover the possibilities offered by the major growth fields of aviation and aerospace. Our company is expanding and will be adding hundreds of skilled employees to the HAECO team in coming years and our preference is to hire them from here in the Triad. We look forward to meeting with participants and their parents at the Invitational to explore the opportunities of a winning career.”

The HAECO Invitational features men’s and women’s teams representing eight high schools located in Guilford County in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. Since its inception, the tournament’s mission has been to raise funds for its participating schools. The field for this year’s 41st annual HAECO Invitational includes these eight schools: Dudley High School, defending men’s champion Greensboro Day School, Grimsley High School, Northern Guilford High School, defending women’s champion Northwest Guilford High School, Page High School, Ragsdale High School and Smith High School.

“The Greensboro Sports Council strives to create a phenomenal experience for the players, coaches and fans while working to raise significant funds for charity and our participating schools,” Greensboro Sports Council president Dodson Schenck said. “We are ecstatic that HAECO has the confidence in our event to commit to five more years, and we look forward to the many things we can do together for our community. We thank Richard Kendall, Kip Blakely and their HAECO Americas team for extending our relationship.”

With the HAECO extension, the tournament will no longer offer a presenting sponsorship. NewBridge Bank, the tournament’s presenting sponsor since 2009, will remain involved with the HAECO Invitational in a yet-to-be-determined role. Additional information about the bank’s new role will be announced at a later date.

The new sponsorship agreement commences immediately; terms will not be disclosed.

About HAECO Americas:
A wholly-owned subsidiary of the HAECO Group, HAECO Americas (formerly TIMCO Aviation Services) supports global aircraft operators and owners with comprehensive aircraft care services including base maintenance from three multi-hangar locations and engine MRO support in the U.S. The company’s HAECO Cabin Solutions division provides interiors design, engineering, certification and cabin reconfiguration services, as well as manufactured products including passenger seating, structures, galleys and lavatories. HAECO Americas has headquarters in Greensboro, NC and additional North Carolina facilities in High Point and Wallburg. HAECO Americas’ website: www.haeco.aero and follow on Twitter: @HAECO_Americas

About the HAECO Invitational:
The HAECO Invitational is an annual high school basketball tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Founded in 1976 as the Little 4 Invitational, the tournament features men’s and women’s teams representing eight Guilford County high schools playing at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Tournament proceeds are donated to local charities and the participating schools; the HAECO Invitational is planned and implemented by the Greensboro Sports Council. For more information, please visit www.HAECOInvitational.com and follow the event on Twitter: @HAECOinvit and Facebook: www.Facebook.com/HAECOInvitational.