Fans who attend the fifth annual
All-Star Game, on April 1, 2005, at the Savvis Center in St. Louis,
will not only see the world's most famous basketball team face the
nation's top college seniors, but will also be treated to two other
basketball games, featuring alumni from the University of Illinois
and the University of Missouri, as well as high school powerhouses
DeSmet Jesuit High School and Cardinal Ritter College Prep.
"The College All-Star Game has proven
to be very popular over the past six years, and the Globetrotters
are excited at the addition of two other compelling basketball games
to the schedule," said Mannie Jackson, owner and chairman of the
Globetrotters. "The tripleheader at the Savvis Center will not only
treat fans to great basketball, but help bring back some great
memories as well."
Created in 2000, the NABC College
All-Star Game features the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters against
the nation's top college seniors in a competitive basketball game
during Final Four weekend at the host city of the NCAA Basketball
Tournament. Chosen by the NABC, the College All-Star Team has
included several future NBA first-round draft picks battling the
Hall of Fame basketball team in a serious game of hoops.
The series has proven popular with
fans, playing to near-capacity crowds each year.
The 2005 NABC College All-Star Game
is set for Friday, April 1, at the Savvis Center in St. Louis. This
year's All-Star squad will be coached by Jim Calhoun of the
University of Connecticut.
For ticket information, visit the
Globetrotters' official website at
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Prior to the Globetrotters taking on
the College All-Stars, the AlumniAthlete Network will present a
doubleheader sure to stir memories and rekindle old rivalries.
Alumni from the University of Missouri will take on former players
from the University of Illinois, providing an exciting new spin on
the annual Braggin' Rights game between the two schools. Former
Illinois coach Lou Henson will lead the Fighting Illini alumni,
while former Tigers coach Norm Stewart will lead the Missouri alums.
The alumni of two St. Louis-area
high school powerhouses will start the tripleheader as DeSmet faces
Confirmed participants include
Derrick Chievous, Missouri '88; Steve Bardo, Illinois '90; Steve
Stipanovich, DeSmet '79, Missouri '83; and other local legends.
The 2005 College All-Star Game in
St. Louis is presented by Nerf. Powerade will sponsor the halftime
shows of all three contests.
Alumni Challenge Events are a
property of the AlumniAthlete Network, the premier career and
networking resource for current and former collegiate athletes. For
more information on the network, visit
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