McDONALD’S® AND BETHEL COLLEGE ANNOUNCE EIGHTH ANNUAL

McDONALD’S MICHIANA HIGH SCHOOL ALL-STAR BASKETBALL GAMES,

COACHES AND PLAYERS

Teams to Tour Ronald McDonald House in South Bend

 SOUTH BEND, IN (March 19, 2019) – The eighth annual McDonald’s® Michiana High School All-Star Basketball Games will be held Tuesday, March 26, at Bethel College in Mishawaka. McDonald’s Restaurants of Northern Indiana and Bethel College Athletics are joining together once again to bring this family event showcasing local high school boys and girls talent in the northern Indiana and southwest Michigan area.

The Games will be played in the Wiekamp Athletics Center on the campus of Bethel College. The girls game will begin at 5 p.m. and the boys game will begin at 7:15 p.m.  Tickets for the Games will be sold at the door: $6 for adults, $2 for students and children 12 and under are free.

On Monday, March 25, the girls and boys teams will tour the 15,000-square foot, 20-bedroom Ronald McDonald House located in the Skyway Building connected to Beacon Children’s Hospital as well as visit the children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

“This continues to be a great opportunity for the Michiana community to see some of the best high school basketball players in our area,” said Jay Okayama, McDonald’s Owner/Operator. “The Games also give high school athletes the opportunity to give back and be a part of Ronald McDonald House Charities® and their efforts to provide a special place to comfort parents and families of critically ill or injured children from our area communities.”

“The past seven events were a tremendous success,” said Ryne Lightfoot, head coach of the Bethel men’s basketball team. “It’s a wonderful way to showcase the terrific high school talent we have in the Michiana area, and it also provides these students with an opportunity to give back to our community.”

The Ronald McDonald House at Beacon Children’s Hospital provides the comforts of home to families of hospitalized children.  For these families, the House is a place to step away for a little while, grab a shower, hot meal or some much needed rest. Families draw support from each other, and from the caring volunteers who help them through a truly difficult time in their lives.

Coaching the boys teams will be Ryan Ehm, men’s junior varsity head basketball coach at Bethel College, and Drew Schauss, men’s assistant basketball coach at Bethel College.

The boys teams roster includes:

Name                                       High School    

  • Drew Lutz                                 Penn
  • Noah Applegate                        Penn
  • Beau Ludwig                             Penn
  • Jaden Ivey                                Mishawaka Marian
  • Kyron King                                Mishawaka Marian
  • Gabe Johnson                          S.B. Riley
  • Jaylen Jennings                        S.B. Riley
  • Drake Gunn                              LaPorte
  • Bryant Robinson                        Goshen
  • DeMarcus Vaughn                     S.B. Washington
  • Jaylen Petty                              S.B. Washington
  • Hank Smith                               Elkhart Memorial
  • Trey Gallope                             Elkhart Memorial
  • Austin Pearison                         Jimtown
  • Ethan Brittain-Watts                  Culver Military Academy
  • Deontae Craig                           Culver Military Academy
  • Douglas Konieczny                    S.B. St. Joe
  • Michael Johnson                       Concord
  • Jackson Ereckson                     Northridge
  • The coaches for the girls teams are Mark Gardner, interim women’s head basketball coach at Bethel College, and Aimee Litka, women’s head basketball coach at Holy Cross College.

The girls teams roster includes:

Name                                       High School    

  • Riley Ott                                   LaPorte
  • Ary Shelton                               Mishawaka
  • Jayda Miller                              Mishawaka
  • Antreese Shelton                       Penn
  • Kenzie Kilmer                            Penn
  • Reganne Pate                           Penn
  • Maddie Ryman                          Warsaw
  • Kiya Roby                                 Mishawaka Marian
  • KK Weaver                               Mishawaka Marian
  • Trinitee Harris                           Elkhart Central
  • Casey Schroeder                      Wawasee
  • Sophie Bussard                         Tippecanoe Valley
  • Maddy Payne                            Northwood
  • Karlee Feldman                         Bremen
  • Hannah Adams                         Leo
  • Sierra Miller                              Northridge
  • Morgan Litwiller                         Northridge
  • Timberlynn Thomas                   S.B. Washington
  • Anya Kauffman                         Bethany Christian
  • Morgan Plunkett                        John Glenn
  • Keegan Sullivan            S.B. St. Joe
  • Jazmen Watts                           S.B. Riley
  • Kaitlyn Zarycki                           Edwardsburg
  • Alexa Porter*                            Concord
  • *injured

Monday, March 25 Schedule

4:45 PM ET                  Boys Teams Practice at Wiekamp Athletics Center, Bethel College

5:30 PM ET                  Girls Teams Dinner at McDonald’s, McKinley Avenue

6 PM ET                       Boys Teams Dinner at McDonald’s, McKinley Avenue

6:15 – 7:15 PM ET        Girls Teams Tour/Visit at Ronald McDonald House

7:00 – 8:00 PM ET        Boys Teams Tour/Visit at Ronald McDonald House

8 PM ET                       Girls Teams Practice at Wiekamp Athletics Center, Bethel College

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 About Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Through its global network of local Chapters in 57 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children’s programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-supported programs provide a bridge to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more information on the local chapter, visit www.rmhcmichiana.org, follow us on Twitter @RMHCMichiana, or like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/RMHCMichiana).