Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Bill Walton to speak at this year's Via banquet

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by The Press in Sports

Via of the Lehigh Valley is pleased to announce the keynote speaker sponsored by the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem for the Via All-Star Basketball Banquet, an sports event honoring the finest basketball talent from the 35 high schools in the greater Lehigh Valley. Bill Walton, all-star basketball legend, two time NBA and NCAA Champion, and NBA MVP, is the keynote speaker for what promises to be an exciting night to honor Lehigh Valley basketball. The banquet will take place Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. Ticket sales end on Monday, March 18.

New for this year, the Via All-Star Awards Banquet will be held at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem. The Sands Bethlehem Event Center is a 50,000 square foot luxury entertainment venue which features a private-mezzanine level and seven private, luxury suites.

"This is a great step for the Via All-Star Basketball Classic," said Troy Tucker, Via All-Star Basketball Classic committee chair.

"We are very pleased with the support and cooperation we received from the Sands Event Center for this move."

Returning as lead sponsor for a fourth year, First Niagara Financial Group is committed to committed to the local communities where its employees live and work. Their shared passion and unparalleled teamwork set them apart in making a difference in our communities.

"As a community bank, we feel that supporting the neighborhoods and organizations where we live and work is important, not just because it's good for business, but because it's the right thing to do," said Frank Heston, Market Executive, First Niagara.

"First Niagara is proud to continue supporting VIA, who's work with children and adults with disabilities is such a great asset to our region."

The Via All-Star Basketball Classic is also pleased to announce major sponsorship support from the Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association (GLVADA). The Via Basketball Clinic for Kids with Special Needs, the Lehigh Valley High School Basketball Hall of Fame Clinic and the Via Youth All-Star Games will be presented by the GLVADA.

The Via All-Star Awards Banquet recognizes members of the Via All-Star teams, Players of the Year, Teams of the Year, awards scholarships for student athletes and inducts members into the Lehigh Valley High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Via All-Star Basketball Classic raises funds for Via's services for children and adults with disabilities. Via has been serving our community since 1954. Via's mission is to provide support and opportunities for children and adults with disabilities so they can live full, independent and productive lives within the community.

Via All-Star Classic Schedule of Events

Sunday, March 24

Via All-Star Basketball Legends & Youth Sunday, presented by the Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association, to be held at Northampton Community College:

Ÿ Via All-Star Clinic for Kids with Special Needs, 1 p.m.

Ÿ Inaugural LV Basketball Hall of Fame Clinic, 3 p.m.

Ÿ Inaugural Via Youth All-Star Classic, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 27

Via All-Star Banquet, 6:30 p.m., held at Sands Bethlehem Event Center

Saturday, March 30 10:30 a.m.

Via Super Saturday, featuring the Special Olympics Shoot Out, to be held at Northampton Community College

$5 at the door, $3 for students & seniors

Tickets, sponsor information and event details for the Via All-Star Basketball Classic, Clinics, Banquet and Lehigh Valley Basketball Hall of Fame are available online at www.ViaNet.org or by calling 610-317-8000 x489.

Hall of Fame nominations are accepted online at www.ViaNet.org.