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Columbus to host McDonald’s All American in 2010

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McDonald’s Corp. announced today that Columbus, Ohio, will host the 2010 McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Games March 31, 2010 at Value City Arena, home of The Ohio State University basketball teams.

The McDonald’s All American Games are recognized as the premier showcase for the top high school basketball talent in the country. Annually, 24 boys and 24 girls are selected from a pool of more than 2,500 nominees nationwide. The players will not only become part of the long-standing tradition of the Games, but will also raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Ohio.
“It’s a great honor to be hosting this game in our own backyard,” said Shirley Rogers-Reece vice president and general manager, McDonald’s Ohio Region. “This opportunity is a huge coup for not only McDonald’s in central Ohio, but for the entire community. We can’t wait to show off our great city by hosting the athletes, families and fans here.”

The McDonald’s All American Games tradition will continue with the following events planned for 2010:

  • Team visit to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio: Every athlete who participates in the McDonald’s All American Games visits the host city’s local RMHC Chapter to experience first-hand how the Games impact the local community.
  • POWERADE® Jam Fest: Slam dunk, skills and 3-point competitions—March 29, 2010
  • Fundraising Event for the Community: March 30, 2010
  • The Boys and Girls All American Games: March 31, 2010

“We could not be more excited to have the Game here in Columbus,” said Paul Thompson executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. “This will provide us with even more opportunities to help families in and around Ohio and show off our beautiful new House.”

More information on ticket sales will be available in fall 2009.

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