Holiday basketball tournament grows for 2015


The largest Holiday Basketball tournament in the state of Maryland will get even bigger in 2015 as the Governor’s Challenge Basketball Tournament returns to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

The event will be the largest Holiday Basketball Tournament on the East Coast on Dec. 26-30. As part of the events growth, the Governor’s Challenge will continue its partnership with DMVelite Showcase Events.

The expanded format will include a larger Showcase Division, which will include 16 of the top teams from around the region as well as an expanded Varsity Girls Division that will feature 20 teams from the District of Columbia, Delaware and Maryland.

In addition to the Showcase and Girls Divisions, the event will continue the traditional Varsity Boys Brackets and introduce the new Boys JV division.

In total there will be nearly 100 teams making their way to Salisbury over the Holidays in 2015.

The Governor’s Challenge comes back for it’s 34th year, after being re-branded in 2010 when Maryland’s governor issued a friendly wager to neighboring Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware.

The wager?  A Maryland Smith Island Cake to a Delaware Peach Pie.

Now the tournament has expanded well beyond the borders of Maryland and Delaware, including teams from across the region representing District of Columbia, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and New York.

Tickets will provide you access to all games for the entire day. The Governor’s Challenge Holiday Basketball Tournament is not a Board of Education sponsored event.

Teachers, administrators and other school employees are not entitled to free admission.

A weeklong pass is $30, sold in advance and at the gate on Dec. 26 only.

Advanced Tournament Passes, available through first day of the tournament, get you into every game, every day of the tournament at all locations.

Tickets are also available at the WY&CC Box Office or by calling 410-548-4911. Children under 11 are admitted free with a paying adult.

Daily admission is: $10, sold in advance and at the gate.

Games will be played at the Civic Center, Wi-Hi, James M. Bennett, Parkside and The Salisbury School.


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