Cancer Research Classic Basketball Announces Elite Field; Courtside Seating Now Offered
September 7, 2017
WHEELING, W.Va. – The 11th annual Cancer Research Classic (CRC), sponsored by Wheeling Hospital and set for Jan. 5-6 on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University, once again will showcase the best in high school basketball.
CRC Director Dr. Gregory Merrick, executive director of the Schiffler Cancer Center, Urologic Research Institute and Men’s Health Center, all at Wheeling Hospital, said, “This year’s Classic features several perennial powerhouses and marquee players. All games will be broadcast on one of the ESPN family of networks.”
As many as 12 preseason top 20 ranked high school basketball programs are participating in this year’s event. The teams include national powerhouses: DeMatha (Hyattsville, MD); Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV); Gonzaga (Washington, DC); La Lumiere (La Porte, IN); Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA); Montverde (Montverde, FL); Wheeler (Marietta, GA), IMG (Bradenton, FL); Imhotep (Philadelphia); Webster Groves (Webster Groves, MO); McEachern (Powder Springs, GA); and Oak Ridge (Orlando, FL).; Archbishop Wood (Warminster, PA); and First Love Christian (Washington, PA). The regional game will feature Mars (Mars, PA) vs. Wheeling Central Catholic.
Overall, 31 CRC alumni are playing in the NBA. In the last four NBA drafts, two of the top three selected played in the CRC. Most recent NBA draftees are overall No. 1 draft Markelle Fultz, overall No. 3 draft Jayson Tatum, and Zach Collins, Thomas Bryant, Terrance Ferguson and Jabari Bird.
More than 600 CRC players have gone on to play college basketball throughout the U.S., including in such prominent programs as Villanova, Temple, Pitt, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Maryland, North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Miami, Louisville, Memphis, Tennessee, Kansas, Texas, UCLA, Ohio State University, Kentucky, Arizona, Georgetown, Notre Dame and Michigan.
Ticket sales have begun, and several pricing and seating options are available:
• General admission tickets for Jan. 5 are $10 for adults and $5 for students. General admission tickets on Jan. 6 are $14 for adults and $6 for students. Weekend passes are $18 for adults and $10 for students. All of these also are available at the gate, but to avoid lines on game day, pre-purchase is encouraged.
• Reserved seating is $20 for Jan. 5; $40 for Jan. 6; and $55 for the weekend.
• For the first time in CRC history, courtside seating will be available. Courtside seating is $25 for Jan. 5; $45 for Jan. 6; and $60 for the weekend.
• A special group admission package is available to middle schools, high schools, travel teams, AAUs and any other basketball organization. The package is $90 and contains 20 tickets (16 players and 4 coaches), which covers all 10 games on both days.
Tickets for reserved seating, courtside seating and group admission packages must be purchased on or before Dec. 29 by calling 304-243-6412. Tickets cannot be exchanged. Reserved and courtside seating, as well as group packages, cannot be purchased at the gate.
“The CRC brings fans here into the area from 17 states, Canada and Australia,” Merrick said. “These fans stay in local hotels and patronize our restaurants and shops. In addition, national television provides an international stage to highlight Wheeling’s historic treasures and our health and educational institutions.
Proceeds of the CRC support Wheeling Hospital's men’s health programs and undergraduate cancer research.
“Local basketball events are excellent venues to use as vehicles to promote the cause of men's health,” said Merrick. “The CRC provides an opportunity for fans not only to witness a day of great high school basketball, but for men to also obtain free health screenings.”
For more information on the CRC, call the Men’s Health Center at 304-243-8813.
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Contact: Gregg Warren, Vice President-Public Relations and Marketing, 304-243-3260