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Chicago to Host Basketball Showcase Of High School Powerhouses

16 Sep, 2014


Whitney Young High School and Simeon High School are teaming up with KemperLesnik, a leading public relations, sports marketing and events agency, to bring the top high school basketball programs to Chicago for the 2014 and 2015 Chicago Elite Classic.

The 2014 showcase will take place on December 5 and 6 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Hosts Whitney Young and Simeon will host a field of storied high school basketball teams.

“We have seen KemperLesnik’s stellar results in numerous sporting events, particularly in basketball, and are excited to begin this relationship,” said Dr. Marlon Everett, Chicago Elite Classic 2014 executive director. “With their expertise and Chicago roots, the 2014 and 2015 Chicago Elite Classics will showcase the best the City of Chicago and high school basketball has to offer.”

KemperLesnik will be responsible for game management and operations for the event in addition to sponsorship and group ticket sales.

“We are proud of our Chicago roots and the opportunity to work with Chicago Elite Classic on this event featuring storied Chicago and national high school basketball programs,” said Tom Valdiserri, executive vice president of KemperLesnik. “With this showcase, we continue our history of managing the premier sporting events in Chicago including the McDonald’s All-American Games, the CBS Sports Classic and the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields. This is a really special time to be a sports fan in the windy city.”

Dates and locations for the 2015 Chicago Elite Classic are still to be determined.

About the Chicago Elite Classic: The state of Illinois and the city of Chicago have a long and storied basketball history. And with the arrival the Chicago Elite Classic, a unique and ground-breaking event, the city of Chicago continues to add to the state basketball lore. Whitney Young and Simeon, currently the two most powerful high school programs in the state of Illinois, have teamed up to form the Chicago Elite Classic, an event to host a collection of national high school basketball powerhouses from across the country. As the first major basketball event of the season, the Chicago Elite Classic will display Chicago's superb talent with and against the nation's best teams on a national stage.

About KemperLesnik: KemperLesnik is a leading public relations, events and sports marketing agency serving Fortune 500 clients. Ranked by Crain's Chicago Business among Chicago's top PR agencies, KemperLesnik produces award-winning communications programs for B2B firms, global consumer products companies and leading sports brands in addition to constructing acclaimed sports marketing sponsorship platforms and activations. KemperLesnik manages major national and international events, including the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, and numerous PGA TOUR affiliated events, for more than 30 years. For more information, visit www.kemperlesnik.com; Follow us on Twitter: @KemperLesnik and LinkedIn.

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