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Slam Dunk To the Beach Returns to Lewes This Weekend

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LEWES, De. - Lebron James. Carmelo Anthony. Dwight Howard.

These are all NBA all stars that passed through Sussex County on their paths towards stardom. Now the quest to find the next Lebron James continues, with the return of The Slam Dunk to the Beach Competition this weekend.

The return this year follows a decade-long hiatus, when the tournament came to an end in 2004. The tournament has been a roller-coaster for the last decade, after it was called off after the founder - Bobby Jacobs - cited health issues.

The controversy continued in 2008 when Jacobs plead no contest to charges of stealing thousands from the tournament.

Now the Delaware Sports Commission has taken over the operation, and are trying to move away from the shadow of controversy that defined it for the last decade. Organizers told WBOC that this event will hopefully put Delaware on the map, when it comes to high school basketball.

"You've had some great ones here," said Bob Cilento who is both the Athletic Director at Cape Henlopen High School and a member of the Commission. "Carmelo Anthony. Dwight Howard. Lebron James. The list goes on and on and on."

Cilento said that he hopes the tournament is here to stay. He said the competition is expected to bring in thousands of people each day, to see the games.

"I think we're going to have a lot of basketball junkies in this area coming out," he said. "If you want to see great high school basketball, this is the place to be this weekend."

The tournament will mean more than just good basketball though. The commission said that this is likely to bring a tremendous boost to the local economy. Betsy Reamer from the Lewes Chamber of Commerce said that it will be especially helpful since it's the off-season.

"They're staying in our hotels," she said. "They're eating in our restaurants. They're shopping int he shops. It's a win-win for everyone."

At Honey's Farm Fresh, Chef Jared Boyles said the return of the tournament will do wonders for their business.

"We really need it right now," he said. "It will help us get through the winter. It's our dry season. It gets kind of slow down here at the beach. So it will be good."

The tournament will include a number of Delaware teams, including Caesar Rodney in Kent County and Cape Henlopen High School in Sussex County. There are also three high schools from New Castle County. Outside of Delaware there are teams from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC, Ohio, and even Kansas.

For a schedule of the games, visit http://slamdunktothebeach.com/schedule/.

For a list of teams visit http://slamdunktothebeach.com/teams2k14/
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