McDonald’s All American Games Return to Atlanta in 2019
October 23, 2018
The 42nd Annual Games Will Highlight the Nation’s Top High School Basketball Players at the New State Farm Arena
McDonald’s continues its 42-year history of supporting and investing in the nation’s top high school basketball players through its annual McDonald’s All American Games. The 2019 Games and halftime show are returning to Atlanta for the second year in a row on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at State Farm Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks. The city previously hosted the 1983 and 1992 Boys Games and 2018 Games.
The McDonald’s All American Games Fan Fest will occur on Sunday, March 24, offering activities for the entire family, artist performances and delicious McDonald’s food with the annual POWERADE® Jam Fest being held on March 25.
“We’re thrilled to return to Atlanta after experiencing such positive energy and palpable enthusiasm from the city during the 2018 Games,” said Morgan Wootten and Joe Wootten, McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee Co-Chairmen. “We look forward to another successful year celebrating the top high school talent with passionate basketball fans.”
To commemorate the return to Atlanta and ensure McDonald’s changes the Games for an even better fan experience this year, McDonald’s has teamed up with former All American and current Atlanta Hawks rookie Trae Young and Atlanta-based artist Travis Love for the announcement. Love has designed a limited edition ATL and Games-inspired custom pair of the newly released adidas Harden vol. 3 shoes, which Young will giveaway to one lucky fan on social media.
“The design that I developed inspired by the McDonald’s All American Games is a representation of togetherness and unity through abstract shapes – all to represent a visual harmony,” said Travis Love, Atlanta-based artist. “I feel like this is also closely related to how a basketball team has to work together as a team on the court creating a harmony, a unit making them most effective.”
Young will give away one pair of the custom shoes on his Instagram account to a lucky follower of @McDAAG who comments with the hashtag #WhereTheFutureStarts and @-tags a friend on his Games-related post. Fans can increase their odds of winning by posting multiple comments until 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 25.
“When I was selected to play in the McDonald’s All American Games two years ago, it was such a big moment for me and it’s something I’ll never forget,” said Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks point guard and AAG alumni. “I’m excited The 2019 Games will be in my new hometown of Atlanta, and fans will get to see these players’ hard work showcased on a national stage.”
Since the Games’ inception in 1977, more than 1,300 players have joined the prestigious ranks of McDonald’s All Americans. These men and women form an elite group of some of the top names in basketball history including Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Grant Hill, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, James Harden, Candace Parker, Maya Moore, Elena Delle Donne and Breanna Stewart.
On Wednesday, March 27, the 2019 McDonald’s All American Games Girls Game will air on ESPN2 with the Boys Game immediately following on ESPN2. Check local listings for broadcast times. Special ticket packages will be available beginning October 23 at Ticketmaster with general admission and presale tickets going on sale at a later date.
The McDonald’s All-American Games will continue to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) through its network of local Chapters. At RMHC, programs like the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile provide comfort and compassion to families with sick children so they are fully supported and able to be a part of their children’s care.
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