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The top senior players, both men and women, from the Greater Grand Rapids area high schools and local colleges and universities will come together June 22-23 for the 2011 Champions of Character All-Star Game at Cornerstone University.
On Wednesday, June 22, the top college seniors from both the NAIA and NCCAA will come together in a unique Pro-Am all-star game, playing against returning professional players from overseas and the NBA. The men's college all-star team will be coached by Kim Elders, NAIA II National Coach of the Year, and Gary Bailey, NCCAA II National Coach of the Year.
Returning professionals include Drew Neitzel, Calistus Eziukwu, Jason Jamerson, Zach Ingles, Brandon Vorhees, Kyle Visser, John Jonker, Kyle Carhart, Pedja Lazic, Jenna Plewes, Melissa Jeltema (Germany), Brooke and Bri formerly Gallert, Cathi Velzen Powell and Amy Popielarz Hollemans.
Tip off for the women's game is at 5:30 pm, with the men's game starting at 7:30 pm in the Hansen Athletic Center.
On Thursday, June 23, top senior players from area high schools will come together in the high school all-star game. Several of Cornerstone's top recruits will join the team, including Ty Mason from Comstock Park, Justin Pepper from Wayland High School and Jill Hendrickson from Forest Hills Central.
The girls' game begins at 5:30 pm, with the boys' game tipping off at 7:30 pm in the Hansen Athletic Center.
Tickets for all games are $5 at the door. Family packs will be available for $15. Net proceeds go to the Champions of Character program, which strives 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.