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 four times. It has expanded into a winter high school showcase event featuring ten teams, as well. For details, check out the Winter Classic tab.
The All-Star event 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 four years, the MKC has raised a total of $104,000 for cancer research, with $31,000 coming in the 2014 all-star event & $16,000 coming at the first annual Winter Classic.
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.
Nike, Skullcandy, Gatorade, Chipotle, Jefferson Hospital, IMG Academy, iSlide, Cathy Gursha Events, Scoutsfocus and PeopleMetrics are among this year’s sponsors.
The 5th anniversary of the Classic, as well as the initiation of the 1st annual Winter Classic, takes place on the year of the 10th anniversary of the passing of Mary Kline. The 5th Mary Kline Classic will resume in the spring with a date TBD.