Three Catholic school basketball powerhouses will hit the hardwood at the sparkling new 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington this Friday, February 8 to raise awareness and funds to address mental health and suicide prevention.
The SL24 Memorial Classic will feature St. Mark’s, Salesianum and Ursuline Academy, and in an event that will honor and remember Sean Locke, a standout athlete at St. Mark’s and the University of Delaware who worked for Buccini/Pollin Group, the Wilmington company whose sports division manages the new arena.
The event is billed as a quadruple header between Ursuline Academy vs. the Saint Mark’s girls, and the Saint Mark’s boys vs. Salesianum – with both JV and Varsity squads facing off. Doors open at 2 pm with tipoff at 3 pm. Tickets are $20 – $40 and may be purchased through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sl24-memorial-classic-tickets-54668249205.
Funds raised from the SL24 Memorial Classic will support the SL24 Foundation, whose mission is “to remove the stigma around depression by educating high school and college students on its effects, assist the transition of athletes from a life of sports to a life free from depression, and create a safe haven for students to receive professional health and peer support.”
The foundation works with the Mental Health Association in Delaware, University of Delaware’s Friends4Friends, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The event is the first of its kind at the big new venue on Wilmington’s southside, which opened to great fanfare in late January as the new home court of the Delaware Blue Coats, the Philadelphia 76ers ‘G League’ farm team.
Sean Locke went on from St. Mark’s to star on UD’s 2013-2014 CAA Conference Championship basketball team and he was named captain during his senior year. His father, Chris Locke, said Sean was full of caring and kindness for everyone he met. “Sean displayed an unyielding love for his family and friends. His legacy of helping others will continue through the SL24 Foundation. Sean’s smile and laugh will never be forgotten.”
Event sponsors of the SL24 Memorial Classic include BPG|SPORTS, Formal Affairs, High 5 Hospitality, Lang Development Group, Pepper Hamilton, Karins and Associates, Morris James, Platinum Dining Group, the Hyde Family, Salesianum School, Saint Mark’s High School, and Ursuline Academy.
“We all want to carry on Sean’s legacy by sharing his story and bringing people together through his favorite sport of basketball,” said Trevor Cooney, Director of Courts for the 76ers Fieldhouse. “This event will give a voice and a light to something that is very much ignored. This event will educate, assist and support those in need, providing critical information and outlets. Mental health is something that is so important and needs to be talked about. We are using sports in the right way to get people talking about a lifesaving topic.”
“SL24 Memorial Classic” – February 8th, 2019. Doors open at 2 pm
3:00pm. Ursuline JV vs St. Marks Girls JV
4:30 pm. St. Marks Boys JV vs Sallies JV
6:00pm. Ursuline Varsity vs St. Marks Girls Varsity
8:00pm. St. Marks vs Sallies Boys Varsity