WISCONSIN DELLS — The COVID-19 outbreak is beginning to have an effect on summer plans, which includes the annual Wisconsin high school all-star games.
The Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association has pushed its boys and girls contests from June 19-20 to Aug. 5-6. The games will be played at JustAgame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells.
“For some good news in these times, let’s take a moment and remember the true meaning of the All-Star Games — raising funds for charity,” the organization said in an announcement.
Since 1978, the WBCA All-Star Games have raised more than $2.8 million for Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC Fund). The WBCA said in the statement that in 1978 the survival rate was around 10%, and now that number has jumped to near 80%.
“The WBCA takes great pride in believing we are making a difference,” the statement said.
A portion of this year’s funds will go to Camp Wawbeek in Wisconsin Dells, a segment of Easterseals. The camp specializes in providing services for children and adults with physical disabilities.
Donations to the WBCA All-Star Games can be done by going to the association’s website at wisbca.org, or by donating to an all-star athlete set to play in the games.
This year’s local participants will be Grace Tostrud of Monroe, Natalie Leuzinger and Hannah Butler of Black Hawk, Allison Thompson of Darlington and Reece Rufer of Monticello. The deadline for making donations has been extended to July 1.
As of now, the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Games are on schedule for July 18 at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh.
Black Hawk-Warren’s Avery Baumgartner, Cayden Milz and Jaylen Rufenacht will all be playing, as will Monroe’s Alex Witt.