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File #: 190295    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 4/11/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 4/11/2019
Title: Recognizing and honoring former NBA All-Star Allen Iverson for hosting his third annual "Iverson Classic" event; and further dedicating the week of April 22, 2019 to April 26, 2019 as Allen Iverson Classic Week in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Oh
Attachments: 1. PHILSignatureReport-19029500
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Recognizing and honoring former NBA All-Star Allen Iverson for hosting his third annual "Iverson Classic" event; and further dedicating the week of April 22, 2019 to April 26, 2019 as Allen Iverson Classic Week in the City of Philadelphia.
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WHEREAS, Allen Iverson is an eleven-time NBA All-Star, who retired from professional basketball in 2010, after 14 seasons in the league. For twelve of those seasons, Iverson played for the Philadelphia 76ers; and

WHEREAS, In 2017, Iverson started the "Allen Iverson Roundball Classic", also referred to as the "Iverson Classic", a premiere high school All American game, featuring top players from all across the nation. The week-long event is owned and operated by Iverson Manselle Bates Enterprises, a sports and entertainment company co-owned by Allen Iverson, Jai Manselle and Bobby Bates; and

WHEREAS, In 2018, the Iverson Classic surpassed McDonald's All American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic as the most viewed All American game in the world, with over 75 million views across the internet; and

WHEREAS, Following the tradition started at the 2018 Iverson Classic, 24 of the best players from across the country will be split into two teams, and will be co-coached by a NBA legend and a high profile high school basketball coach. The first team, "Team Loyalty," features standouts like Cole Anthony, Nico Mannion, Precious Achiuwa and Jaden McDaniels. The second team, "Team Honor," will feature 247Sports #1 overall ranked player in the country Anthony Edwards, along with University of Kentucky commit Kahlil Whitney and Oregon commit CJ Walker; and

WHEREAS, The 2019 Iverson Classic Week starts Monday, April 22, 2019 with the regional play-by-play classic invitational. On Wednesday April 24, 2019, there will be "The Iverson Games", which includes a dunk contest, 3-point shootout, and one-on-one matchups. The event will end with the Allen Iverson Roundball Classic All American Game on Friday April 26, 2019; and

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