LeBron James receives 2003 MVP award from John Wooden
LeBron James receives 2003 MVP award from John Wooden
The McDonald’s All American Games are returning to Chicago at the United Center on March 30, 2011. Presale tickets will go on sale Nov. 29, but fans can sign up for a presale ticket code now. General public tickets go on sale Dec. 1.

The McDonald’s All American Games are recognized as the premier all-star event featuring the top high school basketball talent in the country. The Games annually showcase 24 boys and 24 girls from a pool of more than 2,500 nominees nationwide. Since 1978, more than 1,000 players have competed in the McDonald’s All American Games, forming an elite list that includes some of the top names in basketball history. LeBron James competed in the event in 2003 and won the MVP award.

Proceeds from the 34th annual Boys Game and 10th annual Girls Game will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, whose mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. For example, the Ronald McDonald House program provides a “home-away-from-home” for families that have children with serious medical issues undergoing treatment so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost.

You can get tickets before they go on sale to the public Dec. 1 by subscribing at www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/subscription.html before Nov. 24. Select to receive “Sports” themed updates from McDonald’s. Fans must subscribe by Nov. 23 to receive the presale code. A presale code along with the exact on-sale time will be e-mailed to subscribers on Nov. 24.

Presale ticket prices for the McDonald’s All American Games range from $10 to $77, including a first-ever Games offering: a Family 4-Pack complete with four tickets, four soft drinks and four hot dogs for just $49.

“Chicago and the United Center are synonymous with great basketball,” said Douglas Freeland, McDonald’s Director of Marketing and program manager for the McDonald’s All American Games. “And for the first time since 1982, Chicago’s great fans can witness the stars of tomorrow while helping the children and families of Ronald McDonald House Charities.”

In 1982, nearly 16,000 fans filled Rosemont Horizon near Chicago to see Kenny Walker score a team-high 20 points for the West in a 103-84 win over the East squad. Several future-NBA stars made their debut on the national stage at the 1982 McDonald’s All American Game, including: Benoit Benjamin, Dell Curry, Brad Daugherty, Johnny Dawkins, Billy Thompson and Wayman Tisdale.

Famous Chicago-based McDonald’s All American alumni include: Mark Aguire (1978), Isiah Thomas (1979), Doc Rivers (1980), Nick Anderson (1986), Juwan Howard (1991), Antoine Walker (1994), Kevin Garnett (1995), Quentin Richardson (1998), Candace Parker (2004, Naperville, Ill.), Sherron Collins (2006) and Derrick Rose (2007).

Famous female alumni include: Johanna Solverson (Lake Zurich, 2002), Candace Parker (Naperville Central, 2004), Amy Jaeschke (New Trier, 2007), and more.

Several Chicago-area standouts in the 2011 senior class are ranked highly in college recruiting circles and eligible to play in the 2011 Games. Prior to the 2010 Games, there were nine female prep standouts from Illinois nominated to play and 53 male prep athletes nominated.

The 2011 POWERADE® Jam Fest – that will include slam dunk, 3-point and skills competitions – will take place March 28, 2011 at Chicago State University’s Jones Convocation Center and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

More info about the games can be found here.

Tickets to the Games will be sold via Ticketmaster, charge-by-phone at 1-866-909-GAME and at the United Center box office. Tickets for the March 28 POWERADE Jam Fest will be available on TicketWeb or at the Jones Convocation Center box office on the campus of Chicago State University.

Video Highlights of the 2003 McDonald’s All American Game with LeBron James

Vintage LeBron James at 2003 McDonald’s All American Game. A record crowd of 18,000+ turned out to see him turn in 27 points and win Game MVP.


Sports McDonald’s All American Games Return to Chicago in 2011; Presale Tickets Available