Big stage for eight MPS boys, girls basketball teams at The City Review
Three state top 10 teams to compete as MPS continues to expand athletic opportunities including new fields, teams
MILWAUKEE (January 19, 2016) – Student athletes from eight Milwaukee Public Schools boys and girls high school basketball teams will compete on a court that has hosted professional and collegiate players for decades as MPS hosts The City Review.
The event, now in its second year, comes as the district continues to increase athletic opportunities for students.
MPS has opened two new athletic fields for football and soccer, launched three new varsity basketball teams, added three new varsity football teams and has increased cheer and poms opportunities. Expanding access to athletics is a component of the district’s Strategic Objectives or “Big Ideas” to improve student outcomes.
The City Review’s four games include a head-to-head matchup between two of the state’s 10 best Division 1 boys basketball teams as ranked in the latest WisSports.net coaches poll: #4 Riverside University High School (8-2) and #8 Rufus King International High School (7-5) . Washington High School of Information Technology, ranked #6 in the Division 2 poll, will take on South Division High School as well.
The games are set for Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, 400 W. Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee 53203 with these matchups:
- 3 p.m.: Alexander Hamilton High School vs. Harold S. Vincent High School (boys)
- 4:30 p.m.: South Division High School vs. Washington High School of Information Technology (boys)
- 6:30 p.m.: Rufus King International High School vs. Riverside University High School (girls)
- 8:15 p.m.: Rufus King International High School vs. Riverside University High School (boys)
MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver and attorney David Gruber are expected to make a special announcement at 6:20 p.m. Gruber Law Offices and Voya sponsor the event and the first 125 attendees at each game will each receive a free hat courtesy of the Milwaukee Bucks and Gruber Law Offices.
Tickets are $6 for students. For adults, the pre-sale price is $8 and tickets at the door cost $10. Tickets can be purchased in advance at participating schools or at MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet Street, Room 163, Milwaukee 53208. For more information, contact MPS athletics at (414) 773-9800 or visit mpsmke.com/cityreview.
“This is a great opportunity for our school communities, basketball enthusiasts and the Milwaukee community at large to cheer on our student athletes and I invite everyone to join in,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver said. “Athletic opportunities help build connections between students and their schools and we’re proud to expand access to athletics as we work to improve outcomes for all of our students.”
About Milwaukee Public Schools
Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:
- More MPS students are meeting reading standards;
- The MPS Class of 2015 earned $39 million in scholarships; and
- MPS is home to 7 of the state’s top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post.
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