The Atlanta Hawks continues to prove why they are one of the best organizations in all of sports. They do so much in the community and host several events to give back. Starting tonight, they will showcase some of the best basketball players in the state. The Atlanta Hawks will host the Naismith Classic as it features some of the top schools in the state. We know that universities play vital roles in sports and many of these players will take their talents there. The games will be held on Thursday, Dec. 9 and Friday, Dec. 10 at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (Atlanta) and on Saturday, Dec. 11 at Norcross High School (Norcross, Ga.). The three-day showcase comprises 20 high school basketball teams, featuring 12 boys’ teams and eight girls’ teams.
These games allow us to showcase our passion, support, and appreciation of high school basketball in the city,” said Hawks’ Vice President of Basketball Development Jon Babul. “The Hawks-Naismith Holiday Classic will unite local communities and basketball fans to celebrate the competitive spirit of high school basketball.” Tickets for the Hawks-Naismith Holiday Classic are available to purchase exclusively online at HawksNaismith.com beginning today. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. All youth under the age of six will be permitted to enter free of charge. Additionally, all students (K-12) and youth who attend will receive a free Atlanta Hawks t-shirt.
Opening night of the showcase will begin Thursday, Dec. 9 at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (Atlanta) with back-to-back matchups of girls’ teams from Marietta (Marietta, Ga.) and Hebron Christian (Dacula, Ga.) at 5:30 p.m., followed by Brookwood (Snellville, Ga.) and Holy Innocents’ (Atlanta) at 7:30 p.m. to wrap up the night.
During the evening of Friday, Dec. 10, six boys’ teams will take the court at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School to square off. The first of these three games will be boys’ teams from Mount Pisgah Christian School (Johns Creek, Ga.) and Holy Innocents’ (Atlanta) at 5 p.m. followed by McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) and North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.) at 6:45p.m. After that, Newton (Covington, Ga.) and Greenforest Christian Academy (Decatur, Ga.) will complete Friday’s slate of games with the last game of the evening at 8:30 p.m.
The showcase will conclude on Saturday, Dec. 11 with two girls’ games and three boys’ games at Norcross High School. The afternoon/evening games will tip off with girls’ teams from Langston Hughes (Fairburn, Ga.) and Norcross (Norcross, Ga.) at 1:30 p.m. To round out the girls showcase, Westlake (Atlanta) and McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) will face off 3:15 p.m. Then, the boys’ teams will finish out the day starting with Kell (Marietta, Ga.) and Sandy Creek (Tyrone, Ga.) at 5:00 p.m., followed by Berkmar (Lilburn, Ga.) and Milton (Milton, Ga.) at 6:45 p.m. The last game of the showcase will be between Westlake (Atlanta) and Norcross (Norcross, Ga.) at 8:30 p.m.