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The eight high schools that participated in the Dick's Sporting Goods Classic each received $5,025 for their athletic programs.
photo courtesy of Hickory Metro Sports Commission

Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic nets Each School Over $5,000

The final accounting has been turned in for the 2023 DICK’S Sporting Goods Classic Basketball Tournament and each of the eight participating schools have received checks in the amount of $5,025 from gate proceeds.

The DICK’S Sporting Goods Classic is well known throughout the region as the premier holiday high school basketball tournament for 36 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 Alexander Central won the girl’s championship. Over 3,500 fans were treated to an exciting three days of high school basketball.

“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.”

Planning is currently underway for the 37th annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Classic. The 2024 DICK’S Sporting Goods Classic will be held on December 27, 28 and 30, 2024. 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