Recognizing local talent while showing their love for local schools, the Owensboro Thoroughbreds will host the high school‘s first-ever All-Star competition before their game on Friday.
Friday’s theme is School Spirit Night, in which Thoroughbreds owner Chris Allison said he wants to focus on schools in the Greater Owensboro area. Owensboro will wear Kentucky Wesleyan 1990 championship season uniforms during the game and a number of schools will have performances, such as dancing by Owensboro Middle School and singing by the Sutton Elementary Choir.
“Our new Operations Manager, David Clark, arrived and started making suggestions for our charity theme nights,” Allison said. “This one made the most sense to do for School Spirit Night. He did all the work necessary to establish the lists and make it happen.
Prior to the Thoroughbreds game with the Indiana All-Americans, players from Owensboro, Apollo, Cloverport, McLean County, Ohio County, Muhlenberg County, Grayson and Butler County will face off.
Divided into two teams, the North and the South will face each other in a match which will include two 10-minute timed halves. Some of the local upper class include Apollo’s Jaden Kelly and Grant Smith, as well as Amari Robinson-Wales of the Red Devils.
“In the 3rd Region tournament, Thoroughbreds were the game sponsor player for 102.7 game broadcasts,” Allison said. “We looked at a lot of players through their performances during the tournament and their individual seasons.”
Alongside the match, there will also be a halftime 3-point contest which will be boys versus girls. The game kicks off at 6:15 p.m. and Allison said the hope is to fill the Sportscenter with those who want to support these high school athletes and make it a fun night for the community.
“The main goal of the event is to give upper class students a fun opportunity to replay after basketball season at this great venue,” Allison said. “We hope their family, friends and schools will be represented at the Sportscenter.”
Allison said they hope to host an event like this again in the summer or fall on a larger scale, in hopes of continuing to create philanthropic community events that run year-round.