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October 18, 2011

Sharette Dixon Classic

The Sharette Dixon Classic will be a one-day event featuring the top high school basketball talent across the states of New York and New Jersey, regardless of class.

This annual event is being organized in memory of Sharette Dixon, wife of Kimani Young and mother of Kamaal Young (9), Khaliq Young (7) and Salimah Young (5). Proceeds from the event will support a family education fund that has been established for the three children through the Sylvan Learning Center of New York.

This year's event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at Bishop Loughlin Memorial HS in Brooklyn, NY.

NY-NJ Showcase Games

Featured participants in the Sharette Dixon Classic include:

Boys Game

Kyle Anderson (Top-5 ranked player in nation, UCLA commit)
Omar Calhoun (Top 50 ranked player in nation UConn commit)
Isaiah Whitehead (Top-10 ranked soph. in country)
Chris McCullough (Top-10 ranked soph. in country)
Karl Towns (Top-5 ranked frosh in country)

Girls Game

Shequana Harris (UNC-Charlotte commit)
Zaire Oneil (Top 10 ranked player in the nation class of 2014)
Bianca Cuevas (Top 20 ranked player in the nation class of 2014)
Sierra Calhoun (Top 20 ranked player in the nation class of 2014
Jakelle Gillcrest (Florida State commit)
Michaela Mabrey (Notre Dame commit)
Aaliyah Lewis (Top 20 ranked player in the nation class of 2014)

Academic Excellence Awards

Omar Calhoun, Christ the King HS
Joel Angus, Bishop Loughlin HS
Christopher Obekpa, Our Saviour New American
Karl Towns, St. Joseph's (Metuchen, NJ)
Kentan Facey, Long Island Lutheran HS
Tyler Ennis, St. Benedict's Prep
Reggie Cameron, Hudson Catholic HS
Aaliyah Lewis, Bishop Ford HS
Jazz Nwajei, Mary Louis Academy
Briana Butler, Nazareth HS
Sierra Calhoun, Christ The King HS
Jenice Winter, South Shore HS
Oge Uwanka, Bronx Center for Math & Science HS
Jakelle Gillcrest, Teaneck HS
Brandy Harvey-Carr, Leap Academy
Michaela Mabrey, Manasquan HS
Marina Mabrey, Manasquan HS

Rahme Anderson and Tony Davis - Team NY Boys
Mark Jarrell-Wright and Kyle Anderson Sr. - Team NJ Boys

Anwar Gladden and Lauren Best - Team NY Girls
Earl Elliott and Toinette O'Neil - Team NJ Girls

The Sharette Dixon Classic will feature two premiere contests, a girls' game and a boys' game. The games will feature top-notch coaching and emphasize teamwork and sportsmanship.

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011
Girls Game @ 5pm
Boys Game @ 7pm

Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School
357 Clermont Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

The Sharette Dixon Academic Excellence Awards will be given to all of the young men and women from each team who have demonstrated consistent academic excellence throughout their high school career and have maintained a cumulative 3.5 GPA or better.

About Sharette Dixon:

Prior to her passing on March 23, 2009, Sharette Dixon dedicated her life to educating young people. She was an instructor of English at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn and was particularly interested in African-American literature. Sharette was born in Brooklyn, raised in California and attended California State University at Fresno, where she was a McNair Scholar and earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English.

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