3rd annual Sam Carey Classic set for Aug 22nd

Press Release | Thursday, July 31st, 2014

3rd annual Sam Carey Classic set for Aug 22nd

MANCHESTER, NH—The third annual Sam Carey NH All-Star Classic is returning to Central High School on Friday, August 22. BST Basketball launched this annual celebration of New Hampshire basketball to honor the late Sam

This year’s event will feature two special games. First, there will be a high school all-star game pinning the top New Hampshire players in the class of 2015 against the top players in the class of 2016. Following the conclusion of the high school game, the always-entertaining alumni game will tip off at 7PM. The alumni game will feature former New England high school basketball stars, many of who had successful college careers and some professional experience. (Rosters below)

Additionally, the Boston Celtics mascot Lucky and members of the Green Team will be providing a thrilling half-time trampoline dunk show. And, JAMN 94.5’s Sammy “SMV” Gonzalez and Shawn “Danjah” White will provide music
entertainment throughout the game.

“Sam was a very special member of the community,” said Luke Bonner former Trinity High School/UMass Amherst standout and Rock On Foundation Executive Director. “He was beloved in Manchester and beyond. The outpouring of support this event receives each year really shows the impact and influence Sam continues to have on people’s lives here.”

Sam Carey was a star basketball player at Manchester Central High School and Southern New Hampshire University. Sam tragically passed away in a car accident in 2011 coming home from Canada — where he played for the Quebec Kebs of the National Basketball League of Canada — to see his family, including his infant son and fiancée Kayte Kenyon.

BST Basketball will be donating proceeds from this year’s event to the Rock On Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by brothers Matt and Luke Bonner. Combined with the $3,000 raised at last year’s event, Rock On plans to use the proceeds to renovate a public Manchester basketball court in Sam’s honor.

“The Carey family has been very blessed with the Sam Carey Classic and the support of the Manchester community and the Rock On Foundation,” said Sam’s father Owen Carey. “Sam had a real heart for the kids throughout Manchester, and the fact that this game is going to help renovate a basketball court in his honor is such a blessing.”

Tickets are $10 per person. All ticket sales will be at the door. For more information on the Rock On Foundation, visit rockonfoundation.org.

2014 Sam Carey NH All-Star Classic Rosters:

Green Team
Miguel Gonzalez (SNHU, Holy Cross HS, NYC,)
Scott Hazelton (University of Rhode Island)
Joe Fremeau (Bentley University, Central HS)
Matt Lemieux (Colby-Sawyer, Central HS)
PJ Young (SNHU, Central HS)
Greg Lacasse (Bentley University, Spaulding HS)
Austin Denton (NHTI, Merrimack HS)
Troy Bowen (SNHU, Nashua HS)
Steve Deluca (Brandeis University, Merrimack HS)
Chris Tardiff (Bentley University, Timberlane HS)

Gold Team
JJ Harvey (SNHU)
Chris Brickley (University of Louisville, Trinity HS)
Dave Cooper (James Madison, Central HS)
Luke Bonner (UMass Amherst, Trinity HS)
Chris Burns (Bryant College, Merrimack HS)
Corey Hassan (Sacred Heart University, Merrimack HS)
Mark Campbell (Nashua HS)
Stephen “Stix” Wood (SNHU, McClancy HS, NYC)
Keith Friel (University of Virginia, Oyster River HS)
Tyler Roche (Boston College, Central HS)

2014 Sam Carey High School All-Star Rosters:

Pat Welch (Notre Dame Prep via Pembroke Academy)
Rob O'Brien (Cushing Academy via Conant HS)
Trevon Maughn (Manchester Memorial HS)
Cody Ball (Londonderry HS)
Joey Martin (Manchester Central HS)
Dominic Timbas (Pembroke Academy)
Kabongo Nglakulondi (Manchester Memorial HS)
Brendan Johnson (Bishop Brady HS)
Mike Osgood (Nashua South HS)

Ian Sistare (Northfield Mount Hermon via Trinity HS)
Wenyen Gabriel (Wilbraham & Monson via Trinity HS)
Jourdain Bell (Lee Academy via Bishop Brady HS)
Brett Hanson (Tilton School via Manchester Central HS)
Bryant Holmes (Exeter HS)
Dana Bean (Franklin HS)
Keith Brown (Pelham HS)
Zach Bergeon (New Hampton School via Campbell HS)
Connor Walsh (Trinity HS)
Joseph Bell (Lee Academy via Bishop Brady HS)


Founded in 2013 by the Bonner brothers, Rock On Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves to increase community artistic and athletic opportunities. As a result of Rock On’s successful events and product collaborations, it has been able to distribute proceeds in support of its mission throughout New Hampshire, San Antonio (TX), Austin (TX), and New Orleans (LA)—places that have hosted Rock On events. In New Hampshire alone, Rock
On has distributed funds to organizations including the Concord Community Music School, Manchester Community Music School, 3S ArtSpace, Kimball Jenkins School of Art, and the City of Concord to renovate a local park’s basketball court. Rock On also plans to renovate a public basketball court in Manchester, and is going to launch an individual grant offering to provide funding for select New Hampshire natives interested in pursuing art or athletic related projects. Rock On’s New Hampshire events currently include Sneakers and Speakers Music Festival, the Midsummer Classic High School Basketball Tournament, the Sam Carey NH All-Star Classic, and H-O-O-K Madness. VISIT: www.rockonfoundation.org

Media Contacts:

Luke Bonner
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E.J. Powers
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