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The SBA's Show Streetball Fundraiser Game Raises $40,000

The SBA's Show Streetball Fundraiser Game Raises $40,000 for Shore Country Day School.

More than 2,600 people packed the basketball gym at Salem State College's O'Keefe Center last month for a street ball showcase fundraiser game to raise money for minority students at Shore Country Day School in Beverly. The game has raised more than $40,000 so far and may eventually reach the school's goal of $50,000 once all the proceeds come in, said Susan Samperi, Shore's director of development. "The place was rockin'," Samperi said.

The game matched the Street Basketball Association All-stars a professional streetball team with players from Washington, D.C., New York City, Baltimore, and North Carolina against a team of North Shore all-stars. The idea came from Therese Melden of Manchester, a Shore Country Day School parent who saw a streetball game on TV.

"People really took a risk because it was such a new initiative for Shore Country Day School," Samperi said."This is not a golf tournament. Our goal is to market our school and to bring new activities to the North Shore."

The money will go to the school's financial aid fund to help minority students attend Shore, a Cabot Street private school for pre-kindergarten through ninth grade. About 10 percent of the students at Shore are minorities, Samperi said. A year's tuition ranges from $16,000 to $23,000.

The SBA All-stars showcased their amazing talents from the opening tip to the final buzzer with tremendous play from Pat Da-Roc, JFK, Headache, Airborne, SuperNatural, and The Wizard.  The capacity crowd in Salem had a chance first hand to see some of the best professional street ball players in the world display their skills.

For more information regarding the SBA Show Street Ball school fundraiser and other organizations interested in fundraising contact the SBA at (301) 218-1048 or Matthew Rosner, Director of Basketball at (202) 409-6206.

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