The RISE Centre in Brantford, Ontario will be hosting the 2017 Across Border Global Games (ABGG) on Friday May 5 and Saturday 6, 2017. The ABGG is the 3rd biggest game next to the McDonald’s All-American and the Jordan Brand classic in North America featuring future Olympic hopeful’s from the United States of America and Canada respectively. Manitobans Raizel Guinto and Niyah Becker have been selected to play in these games. Niyah will be playing in the Futures Game, consisting of some of the best grade 9-11 players and will take place at Saturday May 6, at 2:00 PM and the main event consisting of some of the best graduating seniors, including Raizel will take place Saturday May 6, at 4:30 PM.
On the Canadian side the main event features Hailey Brown who attends St John’s College in Brantford, On and plays for TRC Academy out of The RISE Centre. She is currently ranked as the #1 high-school women’s basketball player in Canada and is also ranked #38 in the world in her graduating class of 2017 as per ESPN.com. In The Futures game, Laeticia Amihere will be suiting up for the Canadian side. She is currently ranked #1 in Canada and #3 in the world in her graduating class of 2019 as per ESPN.com “Across Border Global Games will prove to be a venue to showcase the best in Women’s high school basketball on an international platform. The Rise Centre is excited to host the very best young ladies from the United States and Canada in a battle of the borders. The landscape of women’s basketball is changing at a rapid rate. Identifying these young talented athletes will be an instrumental part of bringing awareness globally to support and promote women’s basketball” Jim Wilson – Director ABGG CANADA
On the American side the main event features several McDonald’s and/or Jordan Brand All Americans. Chasity Patterson is currently ranked #4, Maya Davis ranked #11, Rennia Davis ranked #12 are all Top 15 players in the world as per ESPN.com for the graduating class of 2017. In the Futures game dynamic duo Samantha Brunelle and Chloe Chapman will be rolling with the USA. Brunelle is currently ranked #1 and Chapman is ranked #6 in the world in the Class of 2019 according to ESPN.com. “The Across Borders Global Games is a tremendous opportunity for our young ladies to gain valuable international experience. The coaches and players are excited about traveling and competing in Canada. Hopefully, this is the first of many steps for Across Borders Global Games to aid in youth development on the international level.” Prentice Beverly – Director ABGG USA
This year’s Across Border Global Games (ABGG) will be exclusively broadcasted on Rogers TV and Live streamed on the Rogers TV Facebook live page. The Facebook Live hyperlink is the following: https://www.facebook.com/RogersTVWR/
Tickets for the ABGG are $15 and are available for purchase online. Tickets purchased at the the RISE Centre on the day of the event will cost $20. All tickets are general admission and are valid for both games. Additional event information can be found at www.therisecentre.com. Lastly, The Swoosh Lounge located in the VIP section above the playing surface will have a license bar for the event. Spectators (19yr+ only) will able to purchase an alcoholic beverage, while watching the festivities below.