Berlin, Md. –The 44th Annual Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Ocean City Basketball Classic will
be held in Ocean City June 21 -23 to benefit the John H. “Jack”
Burbage, Jr. Regional Cancer Care Center for the Atlantic General Campaign
for the Future.
Tournament Director Lynn Smack, a Berlin native, wanted to do something
for cancer care locally. Many of his family members’ lives have
been affected by the disease, which is why this tournament will be a dedication
to cancer survivors.
“I attended my cousin, Al “Hondo” Handy’s retirement
celebration at Seacrets in April and saw his focus on the cancer center
at Atlantic General Hospital. This inspired me to make my own contribution
to the community,” stated Smack.
A $15 donation for each three-point basket made during the tournament will
be donated to the Burbage Regional Cancer Care Center.
Smack started this tournament in 1980 when it was called the Berlin Basketball
Classic, with only eight teams. The tournament was later moved to Ocean
City and has grown to more than 80 boys and girls teams, attracting participants
from as far away as Denmark. The tournament is sanctioned by AAU and has
been recognized by AAU as one of the top elite tournaments in the country.
The Ocean City Basketball Classic has contributed to many organizations
and individuals over the years, including churches, scholarships and book drives.
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