Coach Mannix to lead basketball team at all-star game
Wilbraham & Monson Academy Boys’ Basketball Coach Mike Mannix has been selected to coach one of the fastest growing basketball events in the country.
Coach Mannix will lead a team of all-stars at the Mary Kline Classic, which will be held May 31 at 6 p.m. at West Orange High School in New Jersey. The fourth-year event is named in honor of the mother of the showcase’s tournament director, Alex Kline.
“It is an honor to be chosen to coach at the Mary Kline Classic,” Coach Mannix said. “The game has grown into one of the most popular high school all-star games in the country in a short period of time.
“Alex Kline puts on a great event in remembrance of his mother and he has used the event as a way to raise money for cancer research. I look forward to participating in this year’s event and supporting its philanthropic cause for years to come.”
The event has remarkably raised $55,000 for cancer research in three years, including $27,000 last year. All proceeds go toward the National Brain Tumor Society and Brain Tumor Research at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
The one-day event hosts a dunk contest, senior game, and underclassmen game.
“This event is a way for high school basketball players to show that they play for a purpose and are not one dimensional,” Mr. Kline said. “The objective is for this community outreach to show how powerful the game of high school basketball has become in order to raise awareness, as well as funds, for cancer research.”