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DICK’S Sporting Goods Basketball Tournament is a Success On and Off the Court-Each school receives $3,000 from gate proceeds


Final accounting has been turned in for the DICK’S Sporting Goods Classic High School Basketball Tournament and each of the eight participating schools received checks for $3,000, plus $100 in DICK’S gift cards.  The DICK’S Sporting Goods Classic is well known throughout the region as the premier holiday high school basketball tournament over the past 29 years.  Hickory Metro Sports Commission serves as the host organization for the event and distributes the gate receipts among the participating schools.  

The participating high schools include: Alexander Central, Bunker Hill, Fred T. Foard, Hickory, Maiden, Newton-Conover, South Caldwell and St. Stephens.  Financially it was a great event for all eight schools off the court. On the court the Alexander Central boy’s won their first ever DICK’S Sporting Goods Classic.  In the girls’ bracket, Hickory High came away as the champions.  Over 4,600 fans were treated to an exciting three days of high school basketball.

“There are more people than I can possibly mention that help make this tournament a success,” said DICK’S Sporting Goods Classic Tournament Director Ronnie Hainor. “On behalf of the Hickory Metro Sports Commission, I would like to thank the DICK’S Sporting Goods Classic Tournament Committee, the supervisors and workers at Catawba Valley Community College who give up some of their holiday break, the teams and of course the sponsors and fans who ultimately make this tournament possible and enable each school to add needed funds to their athletic budgets.”

“At DICK’S Sporting Goods, we truly feel that sports matter because they help build character and teach life lessons that extend well beyond the playing field,” said Michael Park, Regional Community Marketing Manager for DICK’S Sporting Goods. “We’re proud of the impact we’ve had in the greater Hickory community and the opportunity to connect with the local high school athletic programs”

Planning is currently under way for the 30th annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Classic.  Reach out to the Hickory Metro Sports Commission for more information on the tournament or to become a tournament sponsor.

The Hickory Metro Sports Commission is a non-profit organization whose mission is to further the quality of life through the development, promotion, and recruitment of sporting events and activities to the Greater Hickory area.  For more information about the Sports Commission visit

For more information about DICK’S Sporting Goods visit: . For more information about the Sports Commission visit:


Tournament Director: Ronnie Hainor 828-326-1158

Tournament sponsorship opportunities:

Les Stewart 828-320-9231

Sports Commission information:

Mark Seaman 828-640-1422

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.

unnamedFounded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of October 31, 2015, the Company operated 645 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream, True Runner and Chelsea Collective specialty stores. DICK’S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront.  For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at 


About David Stegall

Dr. David Stegall is the Superintendent for Newton-Conover City Schools. He previously served Newton-Conover as the Associate Superintendent, and previous to that as the Director of Elementary Curriculum, ESL (English as a second language) and AIG (academically and intellectually gifted). In February, 2012 he was named the Outstanding Young Educator for North Carolina by NCASCD and was a National Finalist for the ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award. In 2016 Dr. Stegall was named a National Superintendent to Watch by NSPRA. Dr. Stegall joined the Newton-Conover City School system from Iredell-Statesville Schools in July 2007. He has presented at the state, national and international levels on professional learning communities and teacher empowerment. Dr. Stegall received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; a master's degree in education from Gardner-Webb University; an education specialist degree in education administration from Appalachian State University; and a doctorate degree in educational leadership from ASU.

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