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DICK’S Sporting Goods Basketball Tournament returned after 2020 Covid cancellation.

Each school receives $4,200 from gate proceeds PLUS $5,000 from the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation Sports Matter Program.

Dick's Sporting Goods ClassicFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  February 16, 2022

The final accounting has been turned in for the 2021 DICK’S Sporting Goods Classic Basketball Tournament and each of the eight participating schools have received checks in the amount of $4,200 from gate proceeds.  This year, in addition to the gate proceeds, each school received an additional check for $5,000 from the Dick’s Sports Goods Foundation and their “Sports Matter” program. That gave each participating school a grand total of $9,200 for the athletics programs.  

The DICK’S Sporting Goods Classic is well known throughout the region as the premier holiday high school basketball tournament for over 30 years.  The Hickory Metro Sports Commission serves as the host organization for the event and distributes the gate receipts among the participating schools.

The participating high schools include: Alexander Central, Bunker Hill, Fred T. Foard, Hickory, Maiden, Newton-Conover, South Caldwell, and St. Stephens.  Financially, it was a great event for all eight schools off the court. On the court, Hickory High won the boy’s championship and Hickory also won the girl’s championship.  Over 3,500 fans were treated to an exciting three days of high school basketball.

Dick's Sporting Goods Classic“It takes more than just one or two people to make this tournament a success,” said DICK’S Sporting Goods Classic Tournament Co-Director Ernie Masche. “On behalf of the Hickory Metro Sports Commission, I would like to thank the DICK’S Sporting Goods Classic Tournament Committee and everyone at Catawba Valley Community College who gave up some of their holiday break. Finally, this is all about the schools and their athletic programs. We appreciate all our local sponsors, our title sponsor Dick’s Sporting Goods and of course, the fans who ultimately make this tournament possible and enable each school to add much-needed funds to their athletic programs.” 

“At DICK’S Sporting Goods, we believe that sports make people better, build character, and increase confidence. We’re proud to have been a part of this annual high school basketball tradition in Hickory, along with being able to provide some additional support through our Sports Matter program to each of the athletic programs”   - Brent DiGiacomo, Community Marketing Manager for DICK’S Sporting Goods.

Dick's Sporting Goods ClassicPlanning is currently underway for the 35th annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Classic.  The 2022 Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic will be held on December 28, 29, and 30, 2022.  Reach out to the Hickory Metro Sports Commission for more information on the tournament or to become a tournament sponsor.

The Hickory Metro Sports Commission is a non-profit organization whose mission is to further the quality of life through the development, promotion, and recruitment of sporting events and activities to the Greater Hickory area.  For more information about the Sports Commission visit www.hickorymetrosports.com.

For more information about DICK’S Sporting Goods visit: www.dicks.com.



Tournament Co-Directors:           Ernie Masche    828-310-8823   dsgcbasketball@gmail.com                   

                                                    Michael Hedrick    704-526-9413    dsgcbasketball@gmail.com                

Sports Commission information: Mark Seaman   828-640-1422   mseaman@hickorync.gov


About DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc.

Founded in 1948, DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omnichannel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear, and accessories. As of October 31, 2015, the Company operated 645 DICK'S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services, and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream, True Runner, and Chelsea Collective specialty stores. DICK'S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront.  For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at DICKS.com.