Four Students From the Greater Philadelphia Region Named to Prestigious McDonald's All American High School Basketball Team(TM)

Student athletes to shine in national spotlight when they play for

Ronald McDonald House Charities(R) at San Diego State's Cox Arena

Feb 23, 2006, 00:00 ET from McDonald's of the Greater Philadelphia Region

    PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Four Greater Philadelphia Region
 high school athletes will join the basketball elite as members of the 2006
 McDonald's All American High School Basketball Game's Boys and Girls East
 Teams on Wednesday, March 29, at Cox Arena on the campus of San Diego State
 University. They are:
      Name               Pos.   High School /No.          (Original
      Wayne Ellington    G   The Episcopal Academy/#22    (Wynnewood, Pa.)
      Gerald Henderson   F   The Episcopal Academy/#43    (Blue Bell, Pa.)
      Bridgette Mitchell F   The Peddie School/#15        (Trenton, N.J.)
      Amber White        G   Coatesville High School/#24  (Coatesville, Pa.)
     As McDonald's All Americans, they will compete among the top 48 (24 male
 and 24 female) high school basketball players in the nation in what many
 basketball experts consider the premier all-star games in the country.
     "The McDonald's All American Game is a great opportunity to recognize our
 region's exceptional student athletes. We are proud of our team members for
 their accomplishments on and off the court," said Mike Anton, President of the
 McDonald's Owner/Operator Association of the Greater Philadelphia Region.
     The Boys Game will begin at 7:00 p.m. (PST) and will be broadcast live on
 ESPN. The Girls Game will tip off at 4:30 p.m. (PST) and will be broadcast on
 ESPN2 on April 6, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. (PST).
     A portion of the proceeds from the games will benefit Ronald McDonald
 House Charities(R) (RMHC(R)) of San Diego and their Ronald McDonald House
 program. In addition to the Ronald McDonald Houses, RMHC programs include the
 Ronald McDonald Family Room(TM) and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile(TM) -
 extending the reach of the charity to improve the health and well-being of
 children around the world.
     McDonald's All American alumni include such current and former NBA and
 NCAA superstars as Michael Jordan (retired), Magic Johnson (retired), Kevin
 Garnett (Minnesota Timberwolves), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers), Carmelo
 Anthony (Denver Nuggets), Shannon Brown (Michigan State), J.J. Redick (Duke),
 Dee Brown (Illinois), Candace Parker (Tennessee), Ivory Latta (North Carolina)
 and Seimone Augustus (LSU). The Delaware Valley's own Dajuan Wagner (formerly
 of the Cleveland Cavaliers), Eddie Griffin (Minnesota Timberwolves), Eric
 Boateng (Duke), Laura Harper (Maryland) and Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) have
 all played in the Game.
     There are more than 300 McDonald's restaurants in the Greater Philadelphia
 Region, which includes Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Kent
 and New Castle counties in Delaware, that proudly support the McDonald's All
 American High School Basketball Program and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

SOURCE McDonald's of the Greater Philadelphia Region