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Schedules Out for Slam Dunk To the Beach

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LEWES, De. - The schedule, and the last two teams selected, have been announced for the Slam Dunk To the Beach Tournament, which will take place in Lewes this December. The 16-team tournament has been on a decade-long break. 

In the tournament's history, which ran from 1990 to 2003, big names in high school basketball came to Delaware, including Lebron James, Dwight Howard, and Kevin Durant. The competition also brought a large economic boost to the area, during the off-season.

The tournament came to an end in 2004 when the founder Robert Jacobs, better known as Bobby Jacobs called the event off, citing health issues. Then in 2008, Jacobs plead no contest to one count of misappropriation of property for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the tournament fund. 

In 2009, Jacobs then faced legal problems once again, charged with stalking three people involved with the tournament. 

This summer, controversy was stirred up once again when Jacobs wrote a "cease and desist" letter to members of the Delaware Sports Commission, in which he said holding the tournament without him would be a violation of Jacob's trademark and a copyright rights. 

In late-September the United States Patent and Trademark Office sided with the Delaware Sports Commission, by granting them permission to use the name. 

DSC Chairman Matthew Robinson said that the tournament puts Delaware on the map. 

"It's about the economic impact," he said. "But's also about offering a first class sporting event for the sports fans of Delaware. And also an opportunity to bring some national exposure to the state." 

The tournament will be held at the Cape Henlopen High School, one of five Delaware high school squads to participate. The goal is the spotlight growing stars in high school basketball.

"Everybody knows about Lebron," Robinson said. "And people like Dwight Howard. But I think our hope is that we will have the next generation of great players that are here representing their high schools." 

Carol Everhart from the Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce said that the economic impact of this event is expected to be in between $1-2 million for the area. 

"During the week that this would run in December," she said. "This was not typically a high visitation week. But when you bring the event into it, you bring the people in. When you bring the people in, you bring the impact in." 

Below is the complete list of teams: 

- Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, Delaware

- Caesar Rodney High School in Camden, Delaware

- Sanford School in Hockessin, Delaware

- Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware

- St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown, Delaware

- Christ the King Regional High School in Queens, New York. 

- Gill St. Bernard's School in Gladstone, New Jersey

- Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C.

- The Haverford School in Haverford, Pennsylvania 

- Lake Clifton High School in Baltimore, Maryland

- Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore, Maryland

- Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York

- Roselle Catholic High School in Roselle, New Jersey

- St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio

- Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

- Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kansas

The tournament takes place December 27-29. Six games will be played each day, three in the afternoon and three at night. A limited number of tickets are available. To purchase tickets, you can call toll free at 844-594-2557 or you can visit their website at www.slamdunktothebeach.com/tickets

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