[BEAVER, W.Va.] The 2020 New River Community and Technical College Shootout will expand from one day to three days, January 2-4, 2020, at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center. The number of high school basketball teams participating will increase from 8 to 18 teams, including a high school girls’ basketball division for the 2020 event. 

The New River CTC Foundation hosted ten boys’ middle school and high school basketball teams at the inaugural event in January 2019 and provided student scholarships to participating high schools.

“The 2019 Shootout was a success with nearly 900 people attending, and we look forward to next year’s expanded event,” said Executive Director for the New River CTC Foundation Michael Green.

“We are overwhelmed by the interest of area high school teams to participate in next year’s event and it is sure to be an entertaining one. The team roster is nearly complete with 15 of the 18 teams committed, and we are holding out for one or two big surprises.  We will have a full slate of games on Thursday and Friday with the winners moving forward and competing on Championship Saturday,” Green said.

The “Most Outstanding Cheering Section” tradition will continue for the 2020 event. Pocahontas County High School won the award this year after a close cheering battle with Shady Spring and Greenbrier East High Schools. Pocahontas County’s school spirit won their senior class a $500 donation toward Project Graduation. 

Sponsors for the 2019 Shootout included: Brick Street Foundation, Chick-fil-a Beckley, City of Beckley, The Bank of Monroe, Wendy’s, Kilcollin Dental, 99.5 WJLS, Greenbrier Medical Center and Wooton, Davis, Hussell & Ellis, PLLC.

“Sponsorships will also be available for next year’s event,” Green added. “It is a wonderful opportunity for individuals or businesses to show their support for area high schools and assist students in pursuing their degree or certificate with much-needed scholarships. Events like this one help the New River CTC Foundation award more than $100,000 in scholarships to deserving students each year. We would not be able to do what we do without our generous donors and their willingness to give.”

For more information on the 2020 New River CTC Shootout, call 304-929-6734 or email foundation@newriver.edu.

New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg), Mercer County Campus (Princeton), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville) and Raleigh County Campus (Beaver).

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