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It's Official - Big Mac In Little Cameron

As we told you the other day, the McDonald's Game will be in Cameron next
year.  We're not sure but we think we published this news first, so thanks
to our Tipster! Here's the official press release.



Palmer Moody, McDonald's

Molly Hawkins, Golin/Harris


24th Annual Game to be Played at Duke University's Cameron Indoor Stadium

OAK BROOK, Ill. (March 4, 2000) -- McDonald's announced today it has awarded the 2001 McDonald's All American High School Basketball Game to Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

The Game, which annually showcases the top 24 high school basketball players in the country in a nationally televised event, will be played the last week of March 2001 - just prior to the NCAA tournament's Final Four weekend - at Cameron Indoor Stadium on the campus of Duke University.

"We are proud to award this prestigious game to the McDonald's owner/operators and community of Raleigh-Durham," said Bridget Coffing, vice president, McDonald's Communications. "Duke University, home to many current and former McDonald's All Americans, provides one of the most exciting venues to play our game."

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The entire McDonald's family in the Raleigh region is extremely proud to be selected to host the McDonald's 2001 All American Game. With such a rich basketball heritage in the state of North Carolina, we know our community will enjoy and support this event," said Karen King, Regional Vice President, McDonald's Raleigh Region.

Approximately 1,500 top high school basketball players from across the country will be nominated to the McDonald's All American Team in early January. A selection committee, chaired by Morgan Wooten, head coach of DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, and also including legendary UCLA coach John Wooden, selects the final team members in mid-February. Selected players will join a list of alumni that includes current and former NBA superstars such as Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Grant Hill, Patrick Ewing, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and Elton Brand.

Throughout its 23-year history, the game has fulfilled its primary purpose as a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charitiesâ, as well as being a showcase for young basketball players. Proceeds from the 2001 McDonald's All American Game will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina. Previous beneficiaries of McDonald's All American Games include Sickle Cell Anemia Research, the United Negro College Fund and many other local children's charities. More than $2 million has been raised since the game was first played in 1978.
This year's Game will be played March 29th at the FleetCenter in Boston, and broadcase live on ESPN 8 p.m. (EST).

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For more information on the McDonald's All American Game, please visit 

Ronald McDonald House Charities, a non-profit, 501(c)3, provides comfort and care to children and families through its network of local Charities currently serving in 32 countries. The Charity makes grants to not for-profit organizations, and provides support to Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide. To date, Ronald McDonald House Charities' national body and global network of local Charities has awarded more than $225 million in grants to children's programs worldwide. For more information on Ronald McDonald House Charities and its global and local community efforts, visit the Ronald McDonald House Charities Web site at or call 630/623-7048.
McDonald's is the world's largest global foodservice retailer, with more than 25,000 restaurants serving more than 43 million people each day in 119 countries. Approximately 80 percent of McDonald's global restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees.