Walnut Grove Christian School will host the second annual Battle of the Border all-star basketball games Saturday, May 9, at the Charlotte Bobcats training center in Fort Mill.
The games, separate boys and girls matchups, will feature two of the best players from at least 18 schools in North and South Carolina, including local schools Walnut Grove and Westminster Catawba in Rock Hill, according to organizer Laura Summer.
"We want this to become an annual event. All of the schools are excited about it," Summer said.
At last year's games, Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams made an appearance to speak to the audience.
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This year, there will also be a celebrity speaker, but the school can't confirm who it will be until closer to the tournament, Summer said.
The pair of games will be the centerpiece of a festival that will feature a carnival, petting zoo, craft and food venders, a silent auction that will feature celebrity-autographed memorabilia and raffles.
"This will be a great family event - a lot of fun," Summer said.
"It will be a great way to spend a Saturday evening."
The school is expecting at least 1,000 people to attend and the schools are coordinating with local youth pastors to make this an entertaining event for all ages.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door on the day of the event, or at any of the participating schools in advance.
Festivities begin at 3 p.m., the girls game is at 5 p.m. and the boys game is at 7 p.m. A three-on-three basketball tournament will also take place earlier in the day at the training center, beginning at 8 a.m.
For more information, contact Walnut Grove Christian School at 704-583-5499 or go to www.walnutgrovechristianschool.com.