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Via All-Star Basketball Classic Announces Banquet Speaker, Sponsored by the Sands Casino Resort
January 18, 2013

Via All-Star Basketball Classic
Joe Theismann

Via All-Star Banquet Speaker
Bill Walton
All-Star basketball legend, two time NBA & NCAA Champion, NBA MVP & sports commentator

BETHLEHEM, PA – Via of the Lehigh Valley is pleased to announce the keynote speaker sponsored by the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem for the Via All-Star Basketball Banquet, an sports event honoring the finest basketball talent from the 35 high schools in the greater Lehigh Valley.  Bill Walton, all-star basketball legend, two time NBA and NCAA Champion, and NBA MVP, is the keynote speaker for what promises to be an exciting night to honor Lehigh Valley basketball.

New for this year, the Via All-Star Awards Banquet will be held at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA.  The Sands Bethlehem Event Center is a 50,000 square foot luxury entertainment venue which features a private-mezzanine level and seven private, luxury suites.

“This is a great step for the Via All-Star Basketball Classic,” said Troy Tucker, Via All-Star Basketball Classic committee chair.

“We are very pleased with the support and cooperation we received from the Sands Event Center for this move.”

Returning as lead sponsor for a fourth year, First Niagara Financial Group is committed to committed to the local communities where its employees live and work.  Their shared passion and unparalleled teamwork set them apart in making a difference in our communities.

“As a community bank, we feel that supporting the neighborhoods and organizations where we live and work is important, not just because it’s good for business, but because it’s the right thing to do,” said Frank Heston, Market Executive, First Niagara.

“First Niagara is proud to continue supporting VIA, who’s work with children and adults with disabilities is such a great asset to our region.”

The Via All-Star Basketball Classic is also pleased to announce major sponsorship support from the Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association (GLVADA).  The Via Basketball Clinic for Kids with Special Needs, the Lehigh Valley High School Basketball Hall of Fame Clinic and the Via Youth All-Star Games will be presented by the GLVADA.

The Via All-Star Awards Banquet recognizes members of the Via All-Star teams, Players of the Year, Teams of the Year, awards scholarships for student athletes and inducts members into the Lehigh Valley High School Basketball Hall of Fame. 

The Via All-Star Basketball Classic raises funds for Via’s services for children and adults with disabilities.  Via has been serving our community since 1954.  Via’s mission is to provide support and opportunities for children and adults with disabilities so they can live full, independent and productive lives within the community.

Via gives hope to families across our communities by working hand in hand with parents to give their kids a chance for early success through speech and physical therapy.  Via works every day to help people find jobs in our community so that they can have a satisfying job of their choice.  And Via helps people, from teens to those at retirement age, connect and live in their community by volunteering and participating in recreational activities.
               
Via All-Star Classic Schedule of Events
presented by First Niagara Financial Group

Via All-Star Basketball Legends & Youth Sunday
presented by the Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Northampton Community College
3835 Green Pond Road | Bethlehem, PA 18020

  • Via All-Star Clinic for Kids with Special Needs @ 1pm
  • Inaugural LV Basketball Hall of Fame Clinic @ 3pm
  • Inaugural Via Youth All-Star Classic @ 6pm

Via All-Star Banquet
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

Sands Bethlehem Event Center
77 Sands Boulevard,  Bethlehem, PA 18015

“Via Super Saturday”
featuring the Special Olympics Shoot Out
Saturday, March 30, 2013 @ 10:30 am
Northampton Community College
3835 Green Pond Road | Bethlehem, PA 18020
$5 at the door, $3 for students & seniors

Tickets, sponsor information and event details for the Via All-Star Basketball Classic, Clinics, Banquet and Lehigh Valley Basketball Hall of Fame are available online at www.ViaNet.org or by calling 610-317-8000 x489.  Hall of Fame nominations are accepted online at www.ViaNet.org.

 

For more information, contact:
Jillian Lovejoy, Communications Director
J.Lovejoy@ViaNet.org | 484-893-5399