SOUTH BEND, IN – The third annual McDonald's® Michiana High School All-Star Basketball Games will be held Monday, March 31, at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind. McDonald's Restaurants of Northern Indiana and Bethel College Athletics are teaming up again this year to bring this family event showcasing local high school talent in the northern Indiana and southwest Michigan area.
Both games will be played in the Wiekamp Athletic Center on the campus of Bethel College. The girls game will begin at 5 p.m. and the boys game will begin at 7:15 p.m. Tickets for the Games are $5 for adults and $2 for students. Children 12 and under are free.
Sunday, March 30, both the girls and boys teams will tour the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Memorial Children's Hospital as well as visit the children in the pediatric intensive care unit.
"This is a great opportunity for the Michiana community to see some of the best high school basketball players in our area," said Dave Sparks, chair of the event. "It's also an opportunity for these high school athletes to be a part of Ronald McDonald House Charities and the organization's efforts to provide a special place with a home-like atmosphere for the parents and families of critically ill or injured children from our area communities.
"The past two events were a tremendous success," said Mike Lightfoot, head coach of the Bethel men's basketball team. "It's a wonderful way to showcase the terrific high school talent we have in the Michiana area, and it also provides these students with an opportunity to give back to our community."
The Ronald McDonald Family Room at Memorial Children's Hospital provides the comforts of home to families of hospitalized children. For these families, the Family Room is a place to step away for a little while, grab a shower, hot meal or some much needed rest. Families draw support from each other, and from the caring volunteers who help them through a truly difficult time in their lives.
Coaching the boys team will be Tom Hess, former coach at South Bend Clay, and Bob Berger, former coach at Riley High School. Serving as honorary assistant coach will be Jim Powers, legendary coach at Elkhart Memorial and a former player for the late John Wooden who coached at South Bend Central and went on to coach many championship teams at UCLA.
The coaches for the girls teams are Jim Arnold, former coach at Niles High School, and Larry Fielstra, former coach at Elkhart Memorial.
Boy's McDonald's Michiana All-Star Roster
Name - High School
Blake Berger - LaVille High School
Mike Bush - South Bend Adams High School
Devin Cannady - Mishawaka Marian High School
Terry Davis Jr. - South Bend Adams High School
Billy Doslak - Penn High School
Jordan Geist - Penn High School
Nick Jeffirs - Crown Point High School
Ramon Johnson - Concord High School
Trav'eon Johnson - South Bend Washington High School
Ryan Kupferschmid - Elkhart Christian Academy
Mack Mercer - Plymouth High School
Gage Ott - LaPorte High School
Nate Ritchie - Northrdige High School
Filip Serwatka - Concord High School
Jordan Stookey - Warsaw High School
Will Stueve - NorthWood High School
Jonathan Wilkinson - NorthWood High School
Ryan Woebbe - South Bend St. Joseph High School
Zach Zurcher - NorthWood High School
Girls' McDonald's Michiana All-Star Roster
Name - High School
Paige Avery - Mishawaka High School
Caroline Buhr - Penn High School
Ashley Campbell - Oregon-Davis High School
Haley Collings - Oregon-Davis High School
Kaitlin Elsasser - Mishawaka High School
Taylor Fielstra - NorthWood High School
Nikki Grose - Warsaw High School
Kelsey Gushrowski - LaPorte High School
Erin Guzicki - Mishawaka Marian High School
Jaclyn Heath - LaPorte High School
Khadijah Moore - Elkhart Memorial High School
Morgan Olson - NorthWood High School
Taylor Parmley - Mishawaka High School
Maya Solomon - Penn High School
Nashaye Sutton - Benton Harbor High School
Sunday, March 30 Schedule
4:30 - Arrive at Bethel
4:45 - To Ronald McDonald Family Room (RMFR) at Memorial Hospital
5:00 - 6:00 – Tour RMFR and visit Pediatric ICU
6:15 - Arrive at McKinley McDonald's for Dinner
7:00 - 8:00 - Girls Practice at Bethel
4:45 p.m. – Arrive at Bethel
5 – 6 p.m. – Practice at Bethel
6:15 p.m.– To RMFR at Memorial Hospital
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Tour RMFR and visit Pediatric ICU
7:45 p.m. – Arrive at McKinley McDonald's for Dinner
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About Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Through its global network of local Chapters in 57 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children's programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-supported programs provide a bridge to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more information, visit www.rmhc.org, follow us on Twitter @RMHC, or like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/RMHC Global).