Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Wildwoods' 16th Annual Boardwalk Basketball Classic Tips Off With "The Battle At The Boards" on Monday, December 23rd

The day’s events will include four showcase high school basketball games and
a dedication ceremony for a new Convention Center basketball floor

The 16th Annual Boardwalk Basketball Classic holiday high school tournament will begin with the Battle at the Boards showcase event on Monday, Dec. 23 at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

The Battle at the Boards, sponsored by Crest Savings Bank, includes four high school basketball games, all of which feature at least one Cape May County participant. The event will also include a dedication ceremony to mark the unveiling of a new basketball floor that will be used each year during the tournament in the Convention Center’s West Hall. This new basketball floor was made possible by a generous grant from the Byrne Foundation. All Battle at the Boards games will be played on the new basketball floor in the West Hall of the Convention Center.

The Battle at the Boards is scheduled to begin with a contest between two local rivals as Cape May Tech faces Lower Cape May Regional in a boys game at 1:30 p.m. At 3:45 p.m., Lower Cape May’s girls team will take on Timber Creek.

The first two games will be followed at 5 p.m. by the dedication ceremony for the new basketball floor. Members of the Byrne family, as well as other local dignitaries and tournament sponsors, are expected to be in attendance.

The ceremony will be followed by two of the biggest games of the entire Boardwalk Basketball Classic – the Andrew Alameno Memorial Boys and Girls Island Championship Games featuring cross-town rivals and tournament co-hosts, Wildwood and Wildwood Catholic High Schools. The girls game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., with the boys slated for a 7:15 p.m. tip-off. Alameno was a native of Wildwood Crest and graduate of Wildwood Catholic High School who died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001.

The Wildwood/Wildwood Catholic boys game will be broadcast live on 98.7-FM WCZT radio.

Tickets for the event are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens, children and high school students. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are good for the entire day. Boardwalk Basketball Classic all-tournament passes will not be accepted for the Battle at the Boards on Dec. 23.

The Boardwalk Basketball Classic continues Thursday, Dec. 26 through Monday, Dec. 30 at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Boys and girls from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia will compete in what has become the largest single-venue coed high school basketball tournament in the country.

The Boardwalk Basketball Classic is a non-profit high school basketball tournament whose purpose is to raise college scholarship money for graduating seniors at Wildwood and Wildwood Catholic high schools, the joint hosts of the Boardwalk Basketball Classic. The tournament’s committee is made up strictly of volunteers.

For further information about the Crest Savings Bank Battle at the Boards and the entire Boardwalk Basketball Classic, including the full tournament schedule, log on to

Crest Savings Bank Battle at the Boards Schedule – Monday, December 23:
(All games played in the West Hall at the Wildwoods Convention Center)

1:30 p.m. – Boys: Lower Cape May vs. Cape May Tech
3:45 p.m. – Girls: Timber Creek vs. Lower Cape May
5:00 p.m. – Floor Dedication Ceremony
5:30 p.m. – Andrew Alameno Memorial Girls Island Championship Game: Wildwood Catholic vs. Wildwood
7:15 p.m. – Andrew Alameno Memorial Boys Island Championship Game: Wildwood Catholic vs. Wildwood
About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority
The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) was formed in 1993 to consolidate the tourism economy of its three founding municipalities: Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. The Wildwoods have won numerous travel and tourism awards, heralding the resort for its beaches, boardwalk and attractions.

The Wildwoods were selected in 2013 as one of the Most Awesome Boardwalks in America by; as the Favorite Shore Town by Delaware County Daily Times readers; as the Favorite Beach and Boardwalk by readers; the Top Family-Friendly Beach Town by; and as One of America’s Top 10 U.S. Tourist Towns by families voting in FamilyFun magazine. They were also named “Best Beaches in New Jersey” in the 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008 Top Ten New Jersey Beaches public survey, sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Wildwoods’ beaches were also named “Best Beach for Family Vacations,” “Best Beach for Tourism,” “Best Beach for Events,” “Best Beach for Eco-Tourism” and “Best Beach for Day Trips” in the same surveys. The Wildwoods were named #1 Boardwalk in the nation by in 2012; and Smarter Travel also named the Wildwoods Boardwalk, one of “Americas Best Boardwalks.” The 2012 list of “15 Destinations on the Rise” for TripAdvisor included the Wildwoods, and voted the Wildwoods one of “Americas Top 10 Scenic Seasides of the Summer.” In addition, the Wildwoods were voted “Best Town” in the 2009 and 2011 PHL-17 Philly Hot List, Jersey Shore Edition contest; and were one of Sherman’s Travel’s “Top Ten American Boardwalks” for two years in a row.

The Tourism Authority operates the Wildwoods Convention Center and acts as the island’s destination marketing organization overseeing the development, research, planning, marketing, advertising, promotion, public and media relations encompassing the tourism, meeting and convention industry in the Wildwoods. Additionally, the Authority funds, assists with and hosts more than 180 annual special events to enhance the visitor experience and extend the tourism season, including the Beach Monster Mash Truck Races, Family Nights On The Boardwalk, Friday Night Fireworks, the New Jersey State Barbeque Championships and Anglesea Blues Festival, Classic Car Shows, the International Kite Festival, Irish and Italian Festivals and the National Marbles Tournament, among others.

For more information about the Wildwoods, contact the GWTIDA at 800-WW-By-Sea (800-992-9732) or visit its web site,

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