Up & Coming Weekly

January 10, 2023

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM 2023 MLK DREAM JAM TOURNAMENT PROGRAM UCW 3 Happy New Year, and welcome to the 3rd Annual MLK Dream Jam. We cannot think of a better way to celebrate the new year and this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday than watching, supporting and showcasing the talented high school athletics we have in Cumberland County's public and private schools. This event was created in January 2020 to showcase ALL of the area's basketball programs and tomorrow's upcoming talented players and superstars. In addition, the objective of this annual event is to invite college and university basketball coaches to the Fayetteville/Cumberland County community to observe all our local high school talents in one day. To this end, we have extended invitations to all local high schools to send their best teams and most talented players to compete in a friendly but competitive Public School vs. Private School Showdown. The prize? Bragging rights for the entire year! Our inaugural event hosted only 12 girls and boys teams, with the Private Schools taking the inaugural title 4 to 2. However, because of the tournament's success, we are incredibly proud to announce that we have 20 teams competing in this year's MLK tournament. The fun and excitement begins with the girls teams playing on Saturday, Jan. 14, and the boys teams on Monday, Jan. 16. It will be two days of outstanding high school basketball, cheering on the superstars of tomorrow. A special thanks to our title sponsor, Up & Coming Weekly community newspaper, and Principal Royvell Godbolt for allowing Terry Sanford to host this great event. Thank you for being here, and have fun! The gym will be packed, and the atmosphere will be incredible, as will the basketball games. We will look forward to seeing everyone there! Karl Molnar Event Host Terry Sanford High School Basketball Coach Up & Coming Weekly is again extremely proud to be sponsoring this sporting event on such a special occasion as the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. This tournament honors and celebrates the legacy of this renowned civil rights leader. King advocated peace, harmony and the coming together of all peoples to celebrate humanity based on kindness, peace, tolerance, character, and not on racial backgrounds. This is what the MLK Dream Jam is all about. As you will see, this sporting event celebrates those principles as well as the teachers, coaches and young people who are America's future. Thank you for being here to support these dedicated young people. We also want to thank and congratulate Coach Karl Molnar for his insights and hard work in creating this basketball tournament that brings players, teachers, coaches and families together from all over Cumberland County. In addition, we want to extend our gratitude to our sponsors Fayetteville Technical Community College and Piedmont Natural Gas for their support of this event and their ongoing contributions to the community. On behalf of these sponsors and everyone here at Up & Coming Weekly community newspaper, have fun and enjoy watching the best high school athletes in Fayetteville and Cumberland County. Bill Bowman Publisher Up & Coming Weekly Community Newspaper Welcome to the 3 rd Annual 2023 MLK DREAM JAM Special Thanks to our supporting sponsors: The 3 nd Annual

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