High school basketball games raise $25,000 for local charities

FROM: Bluegrass-Buckeye Charity Classic (http://bbclassic.org)

CONTACT: Terry Boehmker (terryboe@yahoo.com / 859-653-8129)

High school basketball teams that participated in the 2016 Bluegrass-Buckeye Charity Classic in January raised $25,000 that will be distributed to three local charities.

A check presentation took place on Friday, Feb. 12 between boys' high school basketball games played at BB&T Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. The three local charities sharing the proceeds are the Ruth Lyons Children's Fund, Neediest Kids of All and Chicks & Chucks, a breast cancer support group.

This year's classic included the Elder at Oak Hills boys' basketball game in Ohio and three games between Northern Kentucky teams -- Scott vs. Dixie Heights, Cooper vs. Holmes and CovCath vs. NewCath -- that were all played at BB&T Arena.

The signature sponsors for the classic were Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell and Griffin Elite Sports & Wellness in Erlanger. Other participating sponsors were Darling Ingredients Inc., The Enquirer, Bilz Insurance and Liberty Mutual Insurance.

The mission of the BBCC is to instill in young athletes the importance of giving back to their community whenever and wherever they can. Since its inception in 2001, the classic has donated more than $208,000 to local charities in Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio.

It is hoped that the skill, teamwork and unselfish play exhibited on the court will be carried over to a life-long habit of helping those who are less fortunate. It is equally important to teach our athletes that they can have fun while at the same time do something very good for those in need.

Organizers and sponsors of the Bluegress-Buckeye Charity Classic pose with representatives of three local charities that will share the $25,000 raised by this year's event.