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On Wednesday and Thursday, June 19 & 20, Cornerstone along with Davenport University announced the seventh annual Champions of Character All-Star Basketball games. The event will take place at Cornerstone University's Mol Arena.
On Wednesday, June 19, the women's college all-star game will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a professional/amateur men's game at 7:30 p.m. The women's game will consist of decorated women from the mid-west region playing in a head-to-head contest. The men's game will have college senior all-stars facing professional/amateur men's players.
Highlighting Thursday, June 20, events, all-stars from around the Grand Rapids area will face each other in an East/West format. The Girl's game will begin at 6 p.m. with the Boy's game beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Head women's coach Katie Mattera will join Davenport's Mike Williams as they lead former/graduated Cornerstone women's basketball players Robyn Veltkamp, Melissa Veltkamp-Duerksan, Kaleigh Hammond and Kathy DeYoung during the women's college all-star game on Wednesday.
During the men's all-star event on Wednesday Cornerstone's former players Bryan Edwards and John Jonker will represent the professional/amateur men's team.
On Thursday a handful of new faces that will be representing Cornerstone during the 2013-14 season will be participating during the high school all-star games. Women's all-stars include Mari Bugg (Grandville), Alyssa Van Ham (Hudsonville) and Samantha Kolenda (Sparta). Men's all-stars include Joey Blauwkamp (Tri Unity Christian), Michael McLaughlin (Forest Hills Northern), Nick Hopkins (Forest Hills Eastern), Caleb Kigar (Forest Hills Eastern) and Ben Scheckler (Sparta).
Tickets are $5 per person or $15 for families, with the money raised going to the "Champions of Character Lecturing Inivitiative." The Cornerstone University Champions of Character initiative, along with the NAIA, aims to create an environment in which every student-athlete, coach, official and spectator is committed to the true spirit of competition through respect, integrity, responsibility, servant leadership and sportsmanship.