GREENSBORO SPORTS COUNCIL AWARDS ANNUAL BILL LEE SCHOLARSHIPS DURING TIMCO INVITATIONAL

For immediate release.                                                                                    Dec. 28, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Four Greensboro high school students were awarded the Bill Lee Scholarship during the 37th annual TIMCO Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank, it was announced today.  The Greensboro Sports Council awards the $2,000 scholarships during this annual high school basketball tournament.

The winners will receive their formal awards during today’s Bill Lee Scholarship Reception at 5 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.  Following the women’s championship game this evening, the winners will be introduced on the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center floor. All eight participating schools nominated student athletes for this year’s Bill Lee Scholarships.

Bill Lee was a Greensboro native and resident who was a major supporter of local sports.  He was deeply involved with Greensboro’s minor league baseball efforts, basketball and golf.  The Bill Lee Memorial Scholarship was established by the Greensboro Sports Council following Lee’s death in 2001.  Recipients are nominated by the schools participating in the TIMCO Invitational each year, and the Greensboro Sports Council awards the scholarships.  Each nomination is considered with the following criteria:  40% academic, 40% athletic and 20% civic. 

Four student-athletes receive a scholarship each year. Winners are the most qualified applicants regardless of which participating school they represent or whether they are male or female.  With the following 2012 winners who are listed alphabetically below, 48 student athletes will have won the Bill Lee Scholarship since the program’s inception. 

Cody Hylton, from Northwest Guilford High School, has been an honor roll student since 2009 and was named to the National Honor Society in 2012; he is a two-time winner of the teacher’s choice award.  In additional to playing varsity basketball at Northwest, Hylton coaches youth basketball for the Stokesdale Recreation Center as well as Northwest Rising Stars basketball camp.  He is a volunteer reader for the elementary programs at Pearce Elementary School and Stokesdale Elementary School.  He is considering careers in criminology, sports management or coaching and plans to attend Randolph College, Methodist University or Coker College.

Ben Magod is representing Greensboro Day School and is the captain of the men’s basketball team.  Magod carries a 4.85 grade point average and is considering continuing is education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, Bucknell University or Middlebury College.  He plans to pursue a degree in either biology or medicine. He qualified for the National Merit Scholarship program in 2012 and earned placement on the Greensboro Day School Headmaster’s List in each of the last three years.  He was named to the National Honor Society in 2011 and received an outstanding achievement award for advanced-placement English, United States History and advanced biology for the 2011-12 school year.  He is a youth elder at First Presbyterian Church and has participated in Mission trips to Heifer International Ranch, Belize and Atlanta.

Gabrielle Merritt also represents Greensboro Day School and carries a 5.0 grade point average.  She is considering a career as an anesthesiologist or a biomedical engineer after attending college at Davidson College, Wake Forest University, Vanderbilt University or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She earned placement on the Greensboro Day School Headmaster’s List in each of the last three years.  She was named to the National Honors Society and the Cum Laude Society last year. In addition to basketball, Merritt is a decorated cross country runner and a co-captain of the soccer team. She participates in youth leadership Greensboro and volunteers at Alamance Medical Center as well as Mary’s House, a ministry that provides transitional housing for women in recovery from substance abuse.

Brandi Robinson, a student at Smith High School, is ranked No. 8 in her class of 254 students.  Robinson is considering a career in sports psychology or athletic training after attending Greensboro College, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro or Guilford College.  She was named all-conference and all-district last year and was also the basketball team’s most valuable player; she also excels in volleyball.  She is in the National Honor Society, the Beta Club, the “A” Honor Roll, the National Society of High School Scholars and is a winner of the United States Achievement Academy National Mathematics Award.  She is extremely active in community service having worked with March of Dimes, the Greensboro Youth Council, Toys for Tots, School Backpack Program, Angel Tree, the Biology Garden and the Greensboro Public Library. 

The TIMCO Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank is an annual high school basketball tournament in Greensboro, N.C.  Founded in 1976 as the Little 4 Invitational, the tournament features men’s and women’s teams representing eight Guilford County high schools playing at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.  Tournament proceeds are donated to local charities and the participating schools; the TIMCO Invitational is planned and implemented by the Greensboro Sports Council. 


37th Annual TIMCO Invitational

Presented by NewBridge Bank

Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center; December 26-28, 2012

Pre-Tournament Notes

For immediate release.                                                                                    Dec. 11, 2012

►  Welcome TIMCO Aviation Services: The Greensboro Sports Council welcomes new title sponsor TIMCO Aviation Services to the TIMCO Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank. TIMCO is the second title sponsor in the 36-year history of the event replacing Pizza Hut after a 16-year run.  Prior to Pizza Hut, the tournament did not have a title sponsor.

►  New Tournament Look: Upon entering the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center for the 37th annual TIMCO Invitational, patrons will notice the event’s entirely new look and feel.  Thanks to in-kind sponsorships from Fairway Outdoor Advertising and Graphic Visual Solutions, the TIMCO Invitational will enjoy the look and feel of a college tournament rather than a high school event. 

►  More than $1.2 Million Contributed to the Schools:  Many things make the TIMCO Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank an exceptional high school basketball tournament, but what makes the TIMCO Invitational unique is that tournament proceeds are donated to charity and the participating schools.  Last year, the eight participating schools each received $12,500 meaning the tournament donated $100,000 to the schools.  In the last 13 years, the Greensboro Sports Council has now donated more than $1.2 Million to the schools that participated in the tournament. 

►  Sponsors Help with Advertising: Several TIMCO Invitational sponsors are helping advertise the tournament through their in-kind sponsorships.  Fairway Outdoor Advertising is once again providing static and digital billboards while the Greensboro News & Record, Rock 92, 107.5 WKZL and Sports Carolina Monthly are also advertising the tournament as in-kind sponsors. In addition, WFMY-TV and Entercom have joined the list of Multi-Media sponsors this year.  Entercom is advertising the TIMCO Invitational on four of its radio stations: 98.7 Simon, 102 Jamz, 97.1 QMG and 93.1 The Wolf. 

►  Sponsorship:  TIMCO Invitational revenue comes from ticket sales and sponsorships; sales success contributes directly to how much money is donated back to the schools each year.  The Greensboro Sports Council is very active in raising funds for the tournament, but for the ninth consecutive year, participating schools are sharing in the sponsorship sales efforts.  Each school is soliciting a minimum of $1,500 in sponsorship.  TIMCO Invitational sponsorship is among the most economical sports marketing opportunities available to Piedmont Triad companies. 

►        Charity:    In addition to making its donations to the participating schools, the TIMCO Invitational makes charitable contributions.  This year, the tournament will make a donation to Joseph’s House, a non-profit organization that serves homeless young adults between the ages of 18 and 21.  Founded in June 2004, Joseph’s House provides shelter, food, clothing and other supportive services for homeless young adults in Guilford County.  For more information, please visit www.josephshouse.net.  Past tournament proceeds have been contributed to Greensboro Urban Ministries, Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test, the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer, Children’s Home Society, the Eastern Guilford High School Fund, the Joey Cheek Fund, North Carolina State Games and the Girls and Boys Club.

►        Steak ‘N Shake Shooters Shootout: The Steak ‘N Shake Shooters Shootout, a halftime basketball shooting contest, will be conducted during each of the 24 tournament games.  During halftime, a maximum of 50 people may purchase a Steak ‘N Shake Shooters Shootout ticket for $1 for one chance to shoot a free throw.  Those that make will advance to the next round until one shooter remains on each end.  Those two shooters will shoot again to determine a winner for that game who earns a Steak ‘N Shake gift certificate for an order of Shooters (mini cheeseburgers) and a TIMCO Invitational T-Shirt.  Winners from individual games no longer advance to a winner’s competition on championship night as each halftime features its own competition.

►       Bill Lee Scholarship: The Bill Lee Scholarship will be awarded to four TIMCO Invitational participants again this year.  Since its inception, 44 students have been awarded this scholarship which was established in 2001 in memory of Bill Lee, a Greensboro native and resident who was a major supporter of local sports.  He was deeply involved with Greensboro’s minor league baseball efforts, basketball and golf.  The Greensboro Sports Council established the scholarship following Lee’s death in 2001.  Recipients are nominated by their schools, and the Greensboro Sports Council awards the scholarships.  Each nomination is considered with the following criteria:  40% academic, 40% athletic and 20% civic.  Four student-athletes receive a scholarship each year. 

►  Honorary Chairman:  Longtime Greensboro Sports Council member Jim Betts is this year’s TIMCO Invitational honorary chairman.  Betts is one of seven Greensboro Sports Council members who founded the TIMCO Invitational in 1976.  Still deeply involved in Sports Council activities, Betts, the Sports Council president in 1983, has been dedicated to many different sports entities over the years.  He is a past general chairman of the Wyndham Championship, and a life member of the Greensboro Jaycees, which honored him with the Roy Cary Award. He is a former co-chairman of both the Southern Conference Soccer Championship and the ACC Golf Championship. He served as a director and vice chairman of the Central YMCA and is a past chairman and current member of the Bryan Park Golf Commission. 

►  The Tournament:  The TIMCO Invitational was founded in 1976 as the Little 4.  At that time, the Big Four Atlantic Coast Conference schools, Duke, N.C. State, UNC-Chapel Hill and Wake Forest, competed in the Big 4 Tournament in the Greensboro Coliseum.  The TIMCO Invitational was created to mirror the tournament that showcased North Carolina’s ACC teams and raise funds for the participating high schools’ athletic programs.  In 1978, the tournament expanded to eight teams with Ragsdale, High Point Andrews, High Point Central and Thomasville High School joining the original four.  The next two years, in 1979 and ’80, the tournament returned to its original four schools before expanding to eight teams permanently in 1981.  The women’s side of the tournament began in 1980.  The TIMCO Invitational is now widely considered the most successful holiday basketball tournament in North Carolina. 

►        2011 Tournament Recap:  In last year’s TIMCO Invitational, both top seeds held serve.  The Greensboro Day School Bengals charged to the championship defeating Ragsdale, Page and Northeast Guilford on the way to coach Freddy Johnson’s record 10th men’s title.  On the women’s side, the Page Pirates knocked off Northeast Guilford, Greensboro Day and Northwest Guilford.  It was the 11th TIMCO Invitational title for the Lady Pirates in 16 championship-game appearances – both tournament records.  

►   Amazing Runs: 

■         Before losing in the 2009 men’s semifinals, Greensboro Day School won 17 consecutive TIMCO Invitational games including four consecutive championships in 2005 - ’08. Greensboro Day is the only men’s team to win four consecutive titles. 

■         The Page High School women won four straight in 1988 – ‘92 and the Western Guilford High School women did it 1992-‘94.  

■         After joining the tournament in 2000, the Northwest Guilford lady Vikings have played in the championship game in seven of the last nine years winning three times.  Coach Darlene Joyner joined the Vikings in 2002, and all of their championship-game appearances have come under Coach Joyner meaning she has made seven appearances in the championship game in her 10 seasons as the Vikings’ coach. 

►  Women’s Stats:  The Page Pirates have won more women’s tournaments than any other school with 11 titles.  The Lady Pirates have played for the championship 16 times, also more than any other team. With last year’s title, the Lady Pirates now own more team championships than any other team in tournament history – men or women.

■ Championships                                          ■ Title Game Appearances

■   Page High School             11                    ■         Page High School                    16

■   Grimsley High School      5                      ■         Dudley High School                9

■   Western Guilford             4                      ■         Smith High School                   9

■   Northeast Guilford          3                      ■         Grimsley High School             7

■   Smith High School            3                      ■         Northwest Guilford                7

■   Northwest Guilford         3                      ■         Western Guilford                    6

■   Dudley High School         1                      ■         NortheastGuilford                  5

■   Ragsdale High School      1                      ■         Eastern Guilford                     2

■   Ragsdale High School      1

  

►  Men’s Stats: Greensboro Day School and Dudley High School have won more men’s championships than any other school taking top honors 10 times.  Dudley High School still holds the mark for the most title-game appearances with 19. 

■ Championships                                         Title Game Appearances

■   Dudley High School       10                     ■         Dudley High School                19

■   Greensboro Day            10                     ■         Greensboro Day School         14

■   Page High School            8                    ■         Grimsley High School             13

■   Grimsley High School    6                       ■         Page High School                    11

■   Smith High School          2                       ■         Smith High School                   7

                                                                         ■         Northern Guilford                   2

                                                                         ■         Northeast Guilford                 2

                                                                         ■         Southeast Guilford                  1

                                                                         ■         Southwest Guilford                 1

                                                                         ■         Eastern Guilford                      1

                                                                         ■         Ragsdale High School              1

                                                                         ■         Northern Guilford                    1

►  Overtime Championships:  The TIMCO Invitational championship game has gone to overtime twice, and both times, it was a Dudley – Greensboro Day title tilt.  In 1987, Greensboro Day beat Dudley 57-55 in Greensboro Day’s first TIMCO Invitational appearance.  In 1992, the tables were turned as the Panthers beat the Bengals 66-63. 

►  2012 Participating Schools:  Greensboro Day School, Grimsley High School, Northeast Guilford, Northern Guilford, Northwest Guilford, Page High School, Ragsdale High School and Smith High School. 

► Tickets:  TIMCO Invitational tickets are available through the participating schools or at the Greensboro Coliseum Box Office.  Tournament books containing tickets for all games are $15.  Single-session tickets are $7 for the opening and semi-final rounds and $10 for championship day.  Single session tickets are only available at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center box office. 

► 2012 Women’s Seeds:

1.     Page High School

2.     Greensboro Day School

3.     Northern Guilford High School

4.     Northwest Guilford High School

5.     Ragsdale High School

6.     Smith High School

7.     Grimsley High School

8.     Northeast Guilford High School

 

► 2012 Men’s Seeds:

1.     Greensboro Day School

2.     Northeast Guilford High School

3.     Page High School

4.     Northwest Guilford High School

5.     Ragsdale High School

6.     Smith High School

7.     Northern Guilford High School

8.     Grimsley High School


TIMCO AVIATION SERVICES TO SPONSOR GREENSBORO SPORTS COUNCIL’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

For immediate release.                                                                                    Nov. 13, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. –  TIMCO Aviation Services is the new title sponsor of the Greensboro Sports Council’s annual holiday high school basketball tournament, it was announced today. The tournament founded as the Little 4 Invitational in 1976 is now the TIMCO Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank. The 37th annual TIMCO Invitational is set for Dec. 26-28, 2012 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Special Events Center.

One week ago, the Greensboro Sports Council announced that its title sponsor of 16 years made an unexpected, last-minute departure. Some 48 hours after that announcement, the Council came to terms with TIMCO Aviation Services as the tournament’s title sponsor. TIMCO signed a one-year agreement with a multi-year option; no other terms will be disclosed. TIMCO is the second title sponsor in the tournament’s 36-year history.

“The TIMCO Invitational is an opportunity for us to introduce the aviation industry to a whole new group of students and parents,” TIMCO Aviation Services CEO Kevin Carter said. “We are experiencing rapid growth of the aviation industry at Piedmont Triad International Airport and in our region, and that expansion is going to drive a growing need for trained and skilled employees. By sponsoring this prestigious event, we are hopeful that we might create some exposure to our exciting industry and stir career interest among young people in our community. We are very happy to be a part of this great tournament and look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship.”

“TIMCO Aviation Services partnering with the Greensboro Sports Council is wonderful news for a Greensboro holiday tradition,” Greensboro Sports Council president Randy Cobb said. “We are ecstatic that a Piedmont Triad company like TIMCO has chosen to invest in our event and support our participating schools in such a meaningful manner. Their vision for the TIMCO Invitational is exciting, and it represents a great opportunity for the students at our participating schools to be exposed to the aviation industry. It is also very gratifying that we were able sign a new sponsor so quickly after announcing that our title sponsorship was available. That says a great deal about the deep community support the TIMCO Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank enjoys.”

The TIMCO Invitational will feature the same stellar field and thrilling matchups that characterized last year’s event: Greensboro Day School, Grimsley High School, Northeast Guilford High School, Northern Guilford High School, Northwest Guilford High School, Page High School, Ragsdale High School and Smith High School.

For more than two decades, TIMCO Aviation Services has proudly provided aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services and aerospace manufactured products to a broad array of commercial, government and military customers. TIMCO is recognized as one of the largest independent providers of airframe MRO services around the globe. Over the years, the company has grown beyond its core airframe, base maintenance business by adding engine MRO services, aircraft seat manufacturing and PMA parts, comprehensive engineering design and interiors manufacturing through its TIMCO Aerosystems division and line maintenance services at a large number of airports through its TIMCO LineCare network. Headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, TIMCO businesses operate at locations throughout the United States. 

The TIMCO Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank is an annual high school basketball tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina. Founded in 1976 as the Little 4 Invitational, the tournament features men’s and women’s teams representing eight Guilford County high schools playing at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Tournament proceeds are donated to local charities and the participating schools; the tournament is planned and implemented by the Greensboro Sports Council. 


GREENSBORO SPORTS COUNCIL DISTRIBUTES FUNDS TO TIMCO INVITATIONAL SCHOOLS;

Invitations Accepted for 38th Annual Tournament

For immediate release.                                                                                    May 9, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Greensboro Sports Council has donated $108,000 to the eight schools that participated in the 37th annual TIMCO Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank last December, it was announced today.  In addition, the Sports Council donated $10,000 in scholarships and charitable contributions from tournament proceeds.

An excellent fundraising effort by the Greensboro Sports Council membership coupled with solid school participation in fundraising and increased attendance combined to allow increased donations to the participating schools.  Each school received $13,500, an increase of $1,000 per school over last year.  With this year’s donations, the Greensboro Sports Council has now distributed more than $1.3 million to the tournament’s participating schools in the last 14 years.  In the last three years, the Council donated $80,000 to the schools following the 2009 tournament, $86,000 following the 2010 tournament, $100,000 following the 2011 event and $108,000 after last year’s tournament. 

“This announcement is truly gratifying for the Greensboro Sports Council and all of our sponsors,” Greensboro Sports Council president Randy Cobb said.  “The mission of the TIMCO Invitational is simple: raise money for high schools in Guilford County.  We are fortunate to be able to do that every year, but with our new title sponsor in TIMCO Aviation Services, great attendance and continued excellent fundraising, we were able to increase the size of our contributions to the schools again this year, and that means a great deal to everyone.  To all those people who bought tickets and came to the tournament, thank you.  To all of our sponsors, thank you.  Without our sponsors and fans, we would not be able to give this money to the schools, and we appreciate their support.”

In addition to the school donations, the Council awarded $8,000 for its four annual Bill Lee Memorial Scholarships.  The Council also made two charitable donations: $1,000 to the Corrigan Faircloth Chapter of the National Football Foundation to sponsor a scholarship and $1,000 to Joseph’s House, a non-profit organization that serves homeless young adults between the ages of 18 and 21.  Founded in June 2004, Joseph’s House provides shelter, food, clothing and other supportive services for homeless young adults in Guilford County. 

The 38th annual TIMCO Invitational is set for Dec. 26-28, 2013.  As is the case each year, members of the TIMCO Invitational tournament committee met in January to discuss possible changes to the 37-year old event.  As organizers of an invitational tournament, the Council can change the field or format at any time, but after extensive discussions, a decision was made not to make any changes to the event this year.

Therefore, next year’s tournament will feature the same outstanding field and matchups that characterized the 2012 tournament; the Greensboro Sports Council has extended invitations to: Greensboro Day School, Grimsley High School, Northeast Guilford High School, Northern Guilford High School, Northwest Guilford High School, Page High School, Ragsdale High School and Smith High School. All invitations were accepted.

The TIMCO Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank is an annual high school basketball tournament in Greensboro, N.C.  Founded in 1976 as the Little 4 Invitational, the tournament features men’s and women’s teams representing eight Guilford County high schools playing at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.  Tournament proceeds are donated to local charities and the participating schools; the TIMCO Invitational is planned and implemented by the Greensboro Sports Council.