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 5th anniversary of the Mary Kline Classic All-Star Event benefitting cancer research raised over $43,000. The All-Star event was highlighted by a number of top performers, including MVP’s Derrick Jones, Prince Ali, Chris Lykes and Curt Jones. Ty Jerome took home the hardware in the Three-Point Shootout, while Derrick Jones shut down the gym by winning the Slam Dunk Contest.
All proceeds benefit the National Brain Tumor Society and Brain Tumor Research at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Over the past five years, the MKC has raised a total of $131,000 for cancer research, with $43,000 coming in the 2015 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, Monster Products, Gatorade, Rock Em Apparel, Jefferson Hospital, Village Trattoria, NY2LA Sports, 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, both took place on the year of the 10th anniversary of the passing of Mary Kline.