Coming off a record year with the 2019 Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic that saw each participating school receive over $4,000 EACH from gate proceeds, hopes were high that 2020 was going to be an even bigger event. Little did we know there was an unseen variable out that that would change the course of every sports activity worldwide for the foreseeable future. With all learning institutions closing and sending students home and the state mandating businesses to close that were not “essential” the uncertainty of the event grew rapidly. Once the NCHSSA made their announcement for the new sports schedules we were able to determine if our event was even possible.
At this time, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic Committee and the Hickory Metro Sports Commission is formally canceling the 2020 Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic. We have a strong relationship with the NCHSSA and all the participating schools and feel that this is the best course of action at this time.
For over 30 years, the DICK’S Sporting Goods Classic has been recognized throughout the region as the premier holiday high school basketball tournament and we will continue that tradition with the 2021 Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic. The tentative dates for the tournament will be December 27-29, 2021.
“On behalf of the Hickory Metro Sports Commission, I would like to thank the DICK’S Sporting Goods Classic Tournament Committee and Catawba Valley Community College for their support through the past years” said DICK’S Sporting Goods Classic Tournament Co-Director Ernie Masche. “I also want to thank Dick’s Sporting Goods, Pepsi, Peoples Bank, Commscope, Catawba Valley Medical Center, Graystone Eye, the City of Hickory, Paramount KIA, Custom Design Group, HDR, WHKY, Krispy Kreme, Shell’s BBQ, Windy City Grill, Copymasters and Jay-Jay Trophies for their continued sponsorship and support in making this event so successful over the years. We look forward to many more years of success and dedication to our local athletic programs and look forward to the 2021 Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic.”
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.