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Governor's Challenge Basketball Adds Girls Division

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 SALISBURY, Md. - Salisbury, MD – The largest holiday basketball tournament in the state of Maryland will continue to grow this year as the Governor's Challenge Basketball Tournament returns to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center with an expanded format on December 26-27, 29-30. As part of the event's growth, representatives from the Governor's Challenge have announced a new partnership with DMVelite Showcase Events.

DMVelite, a sports event management company which focuses on the DC, Maryland and Virginia areas, is considered a leader in youth and high school basketball in the Mid-Atlantic region. Their mission is to promote and operate youth and high school basketball exposure events, including operating a scouting service connecting area players to college coaches and serving as a media outlet for high school basketball in the region, in an effort to assist local athletes in getting recognized and furthering their education.

“This is a special opportunity to partner with the Governor's Challenge, an event that I've supported in the past as a participant team and Coach for Bowie High School,” explained Chris Lawson, CEO of DMVelite. The DMV effect is already having an impact on the Governor's Challenge. Tournament officials project 48 teams will participate in this year's event, up significantly from last year's 35 teams. This increase includes the addition of a girls division, a first for the tournament. “Girls basketball as a whole need the opportunity to perform on a great platform and play among the best of the best,” says Kesha Cook, Mardela High School coach. “We feel the Governor's Challenge will create a great opportunity for our sport to be showcased and we are very excited and honored to be a part of such a paramount moment for girls basketball.”

“The Governor's Challenge is very proud to announce this partnership with DMVelite. What they do for the basketball community in our region is phenomenal and we are thrilled to have them continue to grow and gain exposure for basketball on Delmarva,” said James Simmons, Governor's Challenge Tournament Director.

The official tournament field will be announced in mid-October. The official schedule will be released in early November as well as player, team and event previews leading up to the event.  More information on the holiday tournament is  available at www.salisburychampionships.org
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