41st Annual HAECO Invitational

Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center; December 26-28, 2016

Pre-Tournament Notes

For Immediate Release.                                                                                   Dec. 13, 2016 

►        HAECO Americas, Inc. Extends Partnership:  During its November meeting, the Greensboro Sports Council announced that HAECO Americas, Inc. signed a five-year partnership extension with the HAECO Invitational.  The aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul company headquartered at Piedmont Triad International Airport will be the tournament’s title sponsor at least through the 2020 event.  With the HAECO extension, the tournament will no longer offer a presenting sponsorship. 

►        New Role for NewBridge Bank:  NewBridge Bank, the tournament’s presenting sponsor since 2009, will remain an important part of the HAECO Invitational through its new role.  Companies and individuals purchasing any of the tournament’s partnership packages will enjoy courtside hospitality in the NewBridge Bank Hangar located in the North end zone of court one.  In addition, NewBridge Bank is the presenting sponsor of today’s HAECO Invitational pairings lunch. 

►        On to Decade No. 5: More than four decades ago, seven Greensboro Sports Council members envisioned a high school basketball tournament that would raise funds for its participating schools.  Jim Betts, Lem Cox, Bradley Faircloth, Stanley Frank, Doug Galyon, Fred Joseph and E. Kemp Reece acted on their vision and created the Little 4.  After celebrating its 40th anniversary last year, the HAECO Invitational has set sail on its fifth decade.   

►        Follow the HAECO:  The HAECO Invitational is on social media – follow the HAECO on Twitter:  @HAECOInv and on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/HAECOInvitational.

►        Championship Teams Celebrate at HAECO:  Following this year’s HAECO Invitational, the championship teams will be invited to a victory celebration on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at HAECO Americas at Piedmont Triad International Airport.  The event will include a tour of the HAECO facility.    

►        Contributions to the Schools:  Many things make the HAECO Invitational an exceptional high school basketball tournament, but what makes the HAECO Invitational unique is that tournament proceeds are donated to charity and the participating schools.  Last year, the eight participating schools each received $14,000 meaning the tournament donated $112,000 to the schools.  In recent years, the Greensboro Sports Council made the following donations to the HAECO Invitational participating schools following that year’s tournament: 2008: $96,000, 2009: $80,000, 2010: $86,000, 2011: $100,000, 2012: $108,000, 2013: $112,000, 2014: $112,000, 2015: $112,000.

►        Sponsors Help with Advertising: Several HAECO Invitational sponsors are helping advertise the tournament through their in-kind sponsorships.  Fairway Outdoor Advertising is once again providing digital billboards showcasing the tournament.  The Greensboro News & Record, WFMY News 2, 98.7 Simon, 102 Jamz, 97.1, QMG and 93.1 The Wolf are advertising the tournament as in-kind sponsors.

►        Sponsorship:  HAECO Invitational revenue comes from ticket sales and sponsorships; sales success contributes directly to how much money is donated to charities and the participating schools each year.  The Greensboro Sports Council is very active in raising funds for the tournament, but for more than a decade, participating schools have shared in the sponsorship sales efforts.  Each school is soliciting a minimum of $1,500 in sponsorship.  HAECO 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 HAECO Invitational makes charitable contributions.  This year, the HAECO Invitational will make a donation to the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Greensboro in honor of this year’s outgoing tournament chair, Val Edson.  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, the Bryan Family YMCA, the Children’s Home Society, the Eastern Guilford High School Fund, the Joey Cheek Fund, North Carolina State Games, the Girls and Boys Club, the Greensboro Aquatic Center’s ‘Learn to Swim’ program, The First Tee of the Triad and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

►       Bill Lee Scholarship: The Bill Lee Scholarship is awarded to four HAECO Invitational participants each year.  Since its inception in 2001, 65 high school seniors have now been awarded this scholarship which was established 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.

►        Steak ‘N Shake Shooters Shootout: The Steak ‘N Shake Shooters Shootout, a halftime basketball shooting contest, returns to the HAECO Invitational this year.  The Steak ‘N Shake Shooters Shootout will be conducted during each tournament game except for the two championship contests.  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 the shot 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 HAECO Invitational T-Shirt.  Winners from individual games do not advance to a winner’s competition; each halftime features its own complete competition.

►        The Tournament:  The HAECO 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 HAECO 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 representing schools in Guilford County permanently in 1981.  The women’s side of the tournament began in 1980.  The HAECO Invitational is now widely considered the most successful holiday basketball tournament in North Carolina.  For a more complete look at tournament history, please visit http://www.haecoinvitational.com/history-results/.

►        2015 Tournament Recap:  Last year, the Greensboro Day School men made tournament history becoming the first team to win five-consecutive tournaments.  The top-seeded Bengals defeated Smith High School, Northern Guilford and Northwest Guilford on the way to coach Freddy Johnson’s record 14th men’s title.  On the women’s side, the Northwest Guilford Vikings successfully defended their 2014 title defeating Grimsley, Dudley and Page High Schools on their way to their fifth tournament title.

►   Tournament Notes: 

■         The Greensboro Day School men won their fifth-consecutive tournament championship in 2015 and made tournament history along the way.  No other team has ever won five-consecutive titles.  Going back to their 2011 title, the Bengals have now won 15 consecutive HAECO Invitational games. 

■         Greensboro Day men’s coach Freddy Johnson is the only coach in tournament history that has won five-consecutive HAECO Invitational titles.  His five-year run follows the four-year run he enjoyed during 2005-08. Johnson has 14 HAECO Invitational titles – more than any other coach in tournament history.  Johnson, the winningest coach in North Carolina High School basketball history, was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame earlier this year.

■          The Greensboro Day School men have enjoyed an impressive presence in the HAECO Invitational championship game.  The Bengals have played for the title in nine of the last 11 years and 17 of the last 24 years. 

■         The Page High School women (1988 – ’92), the Western Guilford women (1992-’95) and the Greensboro Day School men (2005-’08) are the only teams that have won four consecutive HAECO Invitational titles. 

■         The Greensboro Day School men lead the overall HAECO Invitational history with 14 tournament championships; Page High School leads the women’s tournament history with 13 tournament titles. 

■         Page High School coaches Luke McKeel and Deborah Jones have accounted for 11 of the Pirates’ 13 HAECO Invitational women’s championships.  McKeel won seven of the first nine tournaments, and Jones has won four including three straight from 2011-13.  Former Pirate coach Kathy Turner won the other two Lady Pirate titles. 

■         Either Page High School or Northwest Guilford has played in every women’s championship game since 2003.  Page has played in five of the last seven, and Northwest has played in 10 of the last 13. In addition, either the Lady Vikings or the Lady Pirates have won each of the last six tournaments.

■         The Northwest Guilford Lady Vikings have played in the championship game in 10 of the last 14 years winning five 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 10 appearances in the championship game in her 14 seasons as the Vikings’ coach.  Earlier this year, Joyner was inducted into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame.

■         Page star Paris Kea became the first three-time MVP in tournament history in 2014.  Four players have done it twice, but the former Page Pirate is the first to do it three times. 

 

►        Women’s Stats:  The Page Pirates have won more women’s tournaments than any other school with 13 titles.  The Lady Pirates have played for the championship 18 times, also more than any other team. The Page women have won 72 percent of the championship games in which they have played. 

 

■ Championships                                   ■ Title Game Appearances

■   Page High School           13                  ■         Page High School                    18

■   Grimsley High School    5                    ■         Northwest Guilford                10

■   Northwest Guilford       5                    ■         Smith High School                   10

■   Western Guilford           4                    ■         Dudley High School                9

■   Smith High School          3                    ■         Grimsley High School             7

■   Northeast Guilford        3                    ■         Western Guilford                    6

■   Dudley High School       1                    ■         Northeast Guilford                 5

■   Ragsdale High School    1                    ■         Eastern Guilford                     2

■   Northern Guilford          1

■   Ragsdale High School     1

 

►        Men’s Stats: Greensboro Day School has won more men’s championships than any other school taking top honors 14 times.  The Bengals have won 78 percent of their title game appearances, but Dudley High School holds the mark for the most title-game appearances with 19.  

■ Championships                                   Title Game Appearances

■   Greensboro Day           14                  ■         Dudley High School                19

■   Dudley High School      10                  ■         Greensboro Day School        18

■   Page High School           8                    ■         Grimsley High School            13

■   Grimsley High School    6                    ■         Page High School                   13

■   Smith High School         2                     ■         Smith High School                  7

                                                                      ■         Northern Guilford                  2

                                                                      ■         Northeast Guilford                 2

                                                                      ■         Northwest Guilford                2

                                                                      ■         Northern Guilford                  1

                                                                      ■         Southeast Guilford                 1

                                                                      ■         Southwest Guilford                1

                                                                      ■         Eastern Guilford                     1

                                                                      ■         Ragsdale High School             1

►        Coaching Statistics:

Women’s Wins by Coach:                                                            Men’s Wins by Coach:

-       Luke McKeel (PHS)                     7                                  - Freddy Johnson (GDS)        14

-       Darlene Joyner (NWG)              5                                  - Mac Morris (PHS)                 7

-       Deborah Jones (PHS)                 4                                  - David Price (DHS)                7

-       Ginger Moore (WG                     4                                  - Phil Weaver (GHS)               4

-       Phil Weaver (GHS)                      3                                  - Bill Chambers (DHS)           1

-       Mike Bradley (NEG)                    2                                  - Jack Chatham (DHS)           1

-       Rick Hartsook (GHS)                   2                                  - Darren Corbett (GHS)        1

-       Kathy Turner (PHS)                     2                                  - Steve Hankins (DHS)           1

-       Kris Britton (DHS)                       1                                  - Robert Kent (PHS)               1

-       Hank Bullard (SHS)                      1                                  - Reggie Peace (SHS)              1

-       Jerry Fuqua (RHS)                        1                                  - Art Wade (SHS)                    1

-       Crystal Hazelwood (NEG)           1                                  - Bill Walton (GHS)                1

-       Ashton Jeffries (SHS)                   1

-       Lou Roshelli (SHS)                         1

 

►        Winning Coaches:  Of the 16 men and women coaching in this year’s HAECO Invitational, only four have won the tournament.  Freddy Johnson won all 14 of his HAECO Invitational titles at Greensboro Day; Bill Chambers, who won the tournament in 1983 while coaching at Dudley, is now the Northern Guilford coach.  On the women’s side, only Darlene Joyner (NW Guilford) and Deborah Jones (Page) have won the HAECO Invitational.

►        New Coaches: The HAECO Invitational welcomes three coaches making their first HAECO Invitational appearances:  Ben Bradford (Ragsdale women), Kenneth Ferguson (Dudley men) and Andre Miller (Greensboro Day School women).

►        Overtime Championships:  The HAECO Invitational championship game has gone to overtime only three times, and all three have involved the Greensboro Day School Bengals.  The first two were between Dudley and Greensboro Day.  In 1987, Greensboro Day beat Dudley 57-55 in Greensboro Day’s first HAECO Invitational appearance.  In 1992, the tables were turned as the Panthers beat the Bengals 66-63.  In 2013, the title tilt included the Bengals and Page High School; the second-seeded Bengals upset the top-seeded Pirates 53-51 after one extra stanza.

►        2016 Participating Schools:  Dudley High School, Greensboro Day School, Grimsley High School, Northern Guilford, Northwest Guilford, Page High School, Ragsdale High School and Smith High School. 

►        Tickets:  HAECO 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. 

►        2016 Women’s Seeds (Please see brackets below):

1.     Northern Guilford

2.     Northwest Guilford

3.     Page High School

4.     Dudley High School

5.     Smith High School

6.     Ragsdale High School

7.     Greensboro Day School

8.     Grimsley High School

►        2016 Men’s Seeds (Please see brackets below):

1.     Greensboro Day School

2.     Northwest Guilford

3.     Smith High School

4.     Dudley High School

5.     Page High School

6.     Northern Guilford

7.     Ragsdale High School

8.     Grimsley High School

The HAECO Invitational 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 high schools located in Guilford County. The tournament is played at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Tournament proceeds are donated to local charities and the participating schools; the HAECO Invitational is planned and implemented by the Greensboro Sports Council. For more information, please visit www.HAECOInvitational.com and follow the event on Twitter: @HAECOinvit.


GREENSBORO SPORTS COUNCIL AWARDS BILL LEE SCHOLARSHIPS TO FOUR GREENSBORO STUDENTS

For immediate release.                                                                                                Dec. 13, 2016

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Four Greensboro high school seniors were awarded the Bill Lee Scholarship during the news conference to announce seeding and first-round pairings for the 41st annual  HAECO Invitational, the Greensboro Sports Council announced today.  The Council has awarded these $2,000 scholarships during its annual high school basketball tournament since 2001.  The 41st annual HAECO Invitational is set for Dec. 26-28, 2016 at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. .

The Bill Lee Scholarship is awarded to four HAECO Invitational participants each year.  All eight participating schools are invited to nominate student athletes for the Bill Lee Scholarship; winners are the most qualified applicants regardless of which participating school they represent.  Including the 2016 winners who are listed alphabetically below, 65 student athletes have won the Bill Lee Scholarship since the program’s inception. 

Northern Guilford High School’s Jarrett Boyd carries a 4.0 unweighted grade-point average.  He is a Junior Marshal, an AP Scholar and a North Carolina Scholar.  He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Beta Club.  He is a four-year letterman in basketball and a team captain this year.  He volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America, Food Assistance, Inc., Jack and Jill of America, the NCCJ and Habitat for Humanity.  He hopes to attend Morehouse College, Duke University or Georgia Tech and is considering a career in biomedical engineering or nuclear engineering. 

Samantha Furlough also represents Northern Guilford High School.  She carries a 4.05 four-year cumulative grade-point average and is a member of the National Honor Society.  She is a three-time Mid-State 3A Academic All-Conference team member in basketball and soccer.  She is active in Young Life, the Embracing Leadership & Diversity in Athletics Club, Northern Going Global, Reading Buddies and serves as a Service Learning Ambassador.  She volunteers at Camp Carefree, Lil Nighthawk Camp, Jones Elementary School, People and Paws for Hope and serves as a Salvation Army bell ringer. Furlough hopes to attend NC State University, East Carolina or Appalachian State and is considering a career as a nurse, a nurse anesthetist or an Ophthalmologist.  Her mother, Kim, is the Northern Guilford Lady Nighthawks coach. 

Pearce Landry is a senior at Greensboro Day School where his grade-point average is 100 out of 100.  He is a member of the Cum Laude Society, the National Honor Society and an AP Scholar with Honors.  Landry made the Headmaster’s List in each of the last four years including 2016. In addition to basketball, Landry is the captain of the Bengal golf team and a two-year member of the student council.  He volunteers at the Out of the Garden Project, Backpack Beginnings, Service through Sports Club, Hoops for the Hungry and Service through Church.  He hopes to attend Princeton University, the University of Virginia or the University of North Carolina and is considering a career in either business or finance.  His father, Pearce, played in the HAECO Invitational when attending Page High School.   

Matthew Rakes represents Northwest Guilford High School and is a three-time varsity basketball letterman. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Science Olympiad, an AP Scholar with Distinction, a Junior Marshal and a National Merit-Commended Student.  Rakes is a former winner of the Academic Achievement Award in both French and biology. He volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House, Second Harvest Food Bank, Teens with Heart, Operation NW Pride, the Vikings Basketball Booster Club and the Rising Stars Basketball Camp.  He hopes to attend NC State University, Georgia Tech or Virginia Tech and is considering a career in chemical engineering. 

The winners will receive their formal awards on December 28 during a special ceremony between the HAECO Invitational championship games. 

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 HAECO 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. 

The HAECO 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 HAECO Invitational is planned and implemented by the Greensboro Sports Council.  For more information, please visit www.HAECOInvitational.com and follow the event on Twitter: @HAECOinvit.


IT’S A SLAM DUNK! HAECO AMERICAS EXTENDS HAECO INVITATIONAL SPONSORSHIP THROUGH 2020

  For Immediate Release                                                                                               Nov. 8, 2016 

GREENSBORO, N.C. – HAECO Americas has signed a five-year extension of its title sponsorship of the HAECO Invitational high school basketball tournament, the Greensboro Sports Council announced today. The 41st annual high school basketball tournament, which raises money for charity and its participating schools, is set for Dec. 26-28, 2016 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Special Events Center. Today’s announcement makes HAECO Americas the tournament’s title sponsor through the 2020 event.

HAECO Americas, with headquarters in Greensboro, is an aviation services and aerospace manufacturing company that provides maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) for airplanes and manufactures aircraft interiors. Starting in 2012, its first sponsorship year, HAECO Americas teamed with the Greensboro Sports Council to boost the tournament to benefit participants in new ways. The company later added the Aviation Careers Information Fair to give local high school students and their parents an opportunity to explore aviation as a potential career. In addition to the career-information fair taking place on the last day of the tournament, HAECO invites all members of the men’s and women’s championship teams to its company headquarters in early January for a championship celebration and tour of its facility.

“HAECO Americas is proud to be the title sponsor of the Invitational, rewarding the best teamwork while raising funds for schools and charities,” said Richard Kendall, CEO of HAECO Americas. “As an assist for students who want to get a jump on a secure future, HAECO presents the career fair so they can discover the possibilities offered by the major growth fields of aviation and aerospace. Our company is expanding and will be adding hundreds of skilled employees to the HAECO team in coming years and our preference is to hire them from here in the Triad. We look forward to meeting with participants and their parents at the Invitational to explore the opportunities of a winning career.”

The HAECO Invitational features men’s and women’s teams representing eight high schools located in Guilford County in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. Since its inception, the tournament’s mission has been to raise funds for its participating schools. The field for this year’s 41st annual HAECO Invitational includes these eight schools: Dudley High School, defending men’s champion Greensboro Day School, Grimsley High School, Northern Guilford High School, defending women’s champion Northwest Guilford High School, Page High School, Ragsdale High School and Smith High School.

“The Greensboro Sports Council strives to create a phenomenal experience for the players, coaches and fans while working to raise significant funds for charity and our participating schools,” Greensboro Sports Council president Dodson Schenck said.  “We are ecstatic that HAECO has the confidence in our event to commit to five more years, and we look forward to the many things we can do together for our community. We thank Richard Kendall, Kip Blakely and their HAECO Americas team for extending our relationship.”    

With the HAECO extension, the tournament will no longer offer a presenting sponsorship.  NewBridge Bank, the tournament’s presenting sponsor since 2009, will remain involved with the HAECO Invitational in a yet-to-be-determined role. Additional information about the bank’s new role will be announced at a later date.

The new sponsorship agreement commences immediately; terms will not be disclosed.

About HAECO Americas:

A wholly-owned subsidiary of the HAECO Group, HAECO Americas (formerly TIMCO Aviation Services) supports global aircraft operators and owners with comprehensive aircraft care services including base maintenance from three multi-hangar locations and engine MRO support in the U.S. The company’s HAECO Cabin Solutions division provides interiors design, engineering, certification and cabin reconfiguration services, as well as manufactured products including passenger seating, structures, galleys and lavatories. HAECO Americas has headquarters in Greensboro, NC and additional North Carolina facilities in High Point and Wallburg. HAECO Americas’ website: www.haeco.aero and follow on Twitter: @HAECO_Americas

About the HAECO Invitational:

The HAECO Invitational 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 HAECO Invitational is planned and implemented by the Greensboro Sports Council. For more information, please visit www.HAECOInvitational.com and follow the event on Twitter: @HAECOinvit and Facebook: www.Facebook.com/HAECOInvitational.


GREENSBORO SPORTS COUNCIL DISTRIBUTES FUNDS TO HAECO INVITATIONAL SCHOOLS

For immediate release.                                                                                    April 21, 2016

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Greensboro Sports Council donated $112,000 to the eight schools that participated in the 40th anniversary HAECO Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank last December, the Council announced today.  In addition, the Sports Council donated $19,000 in scholarships and charitable contributions from tournament proceeds. The 41st annual HAECO Invitational is set for Dec. 26-29, 2016 at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center with exact dates still to be determined. 

The $112,000 donation total works out to $14,000 for each of the eight participating schools.  Prior to the school donations, the Council awarded four $2,000 Bill Lee Scholarships, made a $5,000 donation to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in memory of longtime Greensboro Sports Council member Worth Holleman, a $5,000 donation to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and a $1,000 donation to the Corrigan Faircloth Chapter of the National Football Foundation to sponsor a scholarship.

In recent years, the Greensboro Sports Council made the following donations to the HAECO Invitational participating schools following that year’s tournament:

2008: $96,000                                     2009: $80,000                                     2010: $86,000

2011: $100,000                                   2012: $108,000                                   2013: $112,000

2014: $112,000                                   2015: $112,000

“Since it was founded 40 years ago, the HAECO Invitational has always been about raising money for its participating schools,” Greensboro Sports Council president Dan Goley said.  “Charitable donations and scholarships are also part of the mix, but at the end of the day, the HAECO Invitational mission is to raise money for the schools that play in the tournament.  It’s gratifying that businesses and individuals throughout our community support the HAECO Invitational year after year – that consistency shows that they believe in our mission and understand how much the schools count on the funds.  We appreciate our title sponsor, HAECO Americas, our presenting sponsor, NewBridge Bank, and the many additional companies and individuals that help us fulfill our mission.”

The field for this year’s 41st annual HAECO Invitational will feature men’s and women’s teams representing the same schools as last year: Dudley High School, defending men’s champion Greensboro Day School, Grimsley High School, Northern Guilford High School, defending women’s champion Northwest Guilford Vikings, Page High School, Ragsdale High School and Smith High School.  Due to other events tentatively scheduled for the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in late December, this year’s exact tournament dates have not yet been finalized.

The HAECO 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 HAECO Invitational is planned and implemented by the Greensboro Sports Council.  For more information, please visit www.HAECOInvitational.com and follow the event on Twitter: @HAECOinvit.