The Mary Kline Classic is a charity high school basketball all-star event put on in honor of the late Mary Kline, as well as anyone else who has lost their life to, or is currently battling, any form of cancer.
The one-day event, which is hosted during the spring, has taken place three times, and features an underclassmen game (top sophomores & juniors), senior game, three-point shootout and slam dunk contest.
All proceeds benefit the National Brain Tumor Society and Brain Tumor Research at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Over the past three years, the MKC has raised a total of $55,000 for cancer research, with $27,000 coming in 2013.
This event is a way for high school basketball players to show that they play for a purpose and are not one dimensional. The objective is for this community outreach to show how powerful the game of high school basketball has become in order to raise awareness, as well as funds, for cancer research.
The 4th Annual Mary Kline Classic will take place on Saturday, May 31st, at 6 PM at West Orange High School in New Jersey.
Nike, Skullcandy, Gatorade, Chipotle, Jefferson Hospital, Cathy Gursha Events, Scoutsfocus and PeopleMetrics are among this year’s sponsors.
Over 100 hoops stars have played in the Mary Kline Classic since its creation in 2011, including:
- Karl Towns
- Rondae Jefferson
- Khem Birch
- Wayne Selden
- Kuran Iverson
- Rysheed Jordan
- Brandon Austin
- Angel Nunez
- Jermaine Lawrence
- Tyler Roberson
- Tyler Ennis
- Isaiah Briscoe
- Cheick Diallo
- Isaiah Whitehead
- Jabril Trawick
- Ryan Arcidiacono
- Georges Niang
- And many more . . .
Players will be selected based on their talent, level of play, character, personality, family and desire to play in the event.