6th Annual Charm City Challenge in April

New Yorkers' Vernon Goodridge (Mississippi State) and Jessie Sapp (Georgetown) starred in last year's game.

6th Annual Charm City Challenge to Take Place April 2
Fans To Help Select Baltimore All-Stars

Baltimore, Md. – The sixth annual Charm City Challenge presented by Converse will take place on Sunday, April 2, 2006, at 3 p.m. at the Towson Center on the campus of Towson University in the Baltimore area. The day will begin with the City All-Stars facing off against the Suburban All-Stars followed by the Baltimore All-Stars taking on the United States All-Stars.

Last year, the Baltimore All-Stars were victorious, 110-107, to take the series lead 3-2. The teams have alternated wins since the inception of the event in 2001.

This year's version of the game will have a new twist as fans will be instrumental in helping select the local all-stars. Beginning on January 6, fans can visit www.charmcitychallenge.com and vote for five players to represent the city. Only players in the Baltimore metro area are eligible to be selected.

On February 1st, the top 50 vote getters will be placed on a new ballot for fans to vote on. Two weeks later, the selection committee, made up of area high school coaches, will select the teams based on the top 25 finalists.

The final roster will be announced on February 24th with the Suburban and City All-Stars made known on the 27th.

"We felt it was time to give the fans a voice in selecting the players that would represent Baltimore," stated Gene Brtalik, Tournament Director. "This method has worked well for the NFL and it's a great way for fans to get more involved in the Charm City Challenge. It also can give exposure to that senior none of the coaches know about."

Everyone who votes will be eligible to receive a free pair of sneakers courtesy of Converse and the high school that has the most people participate will receive 50 free tickets to the game.

The U.S. All-Stars will be made up of some of the best high school seniors in the country who have committed to schools in the ACC, BIG EAST, Big Ten and SEC. Among the alumni that have participated in the event are Josh Boone (UConn), DJ Strawberry (Maryland), Drew Neitzel (Michigan State), Andre McGee (Louisville) and Jarrett Jack (Georgia Tech and Portland Trailblazers). The alums have also been a part of the past five national championship teams with Baltimore Southern's Melvin Scott helping UNC to the title last year.

The Charm City Challenge is a Corrigan Sports Enterprises Event. Corrigan Sports Enterprises is a leader in sports promotions in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. region. Founded in 1991, CSE owns and operates the following events: Under Armour Baltimore Marathon, the Charm City Challenge All-Star Basketball Game, the Capital Classic, the Toyota Pro Beach Volleyball Series, the Scion Trash & Jam (Extreme Sports), BikeJam and the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic.

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