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 Hometown) 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