The McDonald’s All American Games will stay in Chicago through 2015. Chicago fans shattered the attendance record at the event in 2011, and after the 2012 games McDonald’s and the United have signed a two year extension. It probably hasn’t hurt that Chicago natives like Derrick Rose and Anthony Davis have participated in the games in year’s past. It would also be shocking if Jabari Parker did not receive an invite to this year’s games.
“This is a historic day for the McDonald’s All American Games,” said Douglas Freeland, director of the McDonald’s All American Games. “Fans throughout the U.S. can now make Chicago their ‘destination’ to see the greatest high school basketball players participate in this annual rite of passage.”
The 2013 Games will tip off on Wed., April 3rd at the United Center and ticket information will be available early on in 2013.
“An invitation to the McDonald’s All American Games is what every prep basketball player dreams about,” said Jay Williams, 1999 McDonald’s All American and current ESPN analyst. “I’ve had the pleasure to both play in this game and call it on ESPN. There simply isn’t another all-star event like the McDonald’s All American Games, and there isn’t a better city for it than Chicago.”
Chicago natives and basketball fans are thrilled at the return of the games to the Windy City, and Chicago’s mayor is excited about it as well.
“I am delighted the McDonald’s All American Games will continue to call Chicago home,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “These games have been a springboard for countless young men and women to outstanding athletic careers, while raising money for charity and instilling a spirit of scholarship, character and citizenship both on and off the court.”
As a Chicago native myself, I am definitely happy about this and look forward to attending the games. Will you be there?