Sample news release to announce final team member selection (boys)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: THREE PHILADELPHIA REGION STUDENT- ATHLETES SELECTEDTO PLAY IN 2011 McDONALD’S ALL AMERICAN® BASKETBALL GAMES IN CHICAGO Rakeem Christmas of Academy of the New Church; Briyona Canty of Trenton Catholic Academy; and Betnijah Laney of Smyrna High School Will Compete Among the Nation’s Top High School Players Philadelphia, February 11, 2011 – The McDonald’s® All American High School Basketball Selection
Committee announced the 34th All American High School Basketball Boys Team and the 10th All
American High School Basketball Girls Team during a February 10 selection show on ESPNU. Of the
48 players selected from across the country, three are from the Philadelphia Region. Rakeem Christmas of Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn, PA was named to the Boys East Team, while Briyona Canty of Trenton Catholic Academy in Hamilton, NJ and Betnijah Laney of Smyrna High
School in Smyrna, DE were named to the Girls East Team.
“We are proud to support the achievements of our local student-athletes, Rakeem Christmas, Briyona
Canty, and Betnijah Laney,” said John Durante, president, McDonald’s Restaurants of the Greater
Philadelphia Regions Owner/Operator Association. “Not only are these young stars among the top
basketball players in the country, but their efforts in Chicago will contribute to raising awareness of an
important cause in Ronald McDonald House Charities.”
The 2011 All American Games will tip-off in Chicago on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at the United
Center. The Girls Game begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and will broadcast live on ESPNU. The Boys Game
begins at 10:00 p.m. ET and will air live on ESPN. Tickets are available througor
charge-by-phone at 1-866-909-GAME. Proceeds from ticket sales of the 2011 Games will help build the
world’s largest Ronald McDonald House in Chicago. For more information, visit
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Every athlete who participates in the McDonald’s All American Games visits the host city’s local Ronald
McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) chapter during Game-week. This year’s host chapter is RMHC of
Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana. Millions of dollars have been raised since the Games were first
Prior to travelling to Chicago, the local finalists will be recognized during mini-press conferences at
their alma mater elementary schools. The student-athletes will answer questions from elementary
students and compete in a three-point shootout to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald Houses of
Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware.
Since 1978, 791 male players and 216 female players have competed in the McDonald’s All American
Games, forming an elite list that reads like a "Who’s Who" in basketball history. McDonald’s All
American athletes include basketball greats Magic Johnson, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Carmelo
Anthony, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Seimone Augustus, Candace Parker, among others.
For a complete list of players and more information on the McDonald’s All American Games and
RMHC, please visit To request a media credentials request form,
please contact Chas Kurtz at (215) 790-4386 oby March 15, 2011.
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RMHC of the Philadelphia Region, Inc. grants hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to support local non-profit programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. In addition, RMHC supports four scholarship programs for high school seniors; the Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Delaware Ronald McDonald Houses; the St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children Ronald McDonald Care Mobile; and 13 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in area hospitals. The charity receives its support from McDonald’s Corporation, McDonald’s Owner/Operators, corporate donors and McDonald’s customers. For more information, visit
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