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2nd Annual NCAA Maui Jim Maui Classic, Dec. 1-2

November 6, 2017, 3:01 PM HST · Updated November 6, 3:04 PM
Nikki Schenfeld · 1 Comment
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The 2nd annual NCAA Division I Women’s college basketball tournament, the Maui Jim Maui Classic, will be hosted by Oregon State on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2, 2017 at the War Memorial Gymnasium.

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    Last year’s inaugural event was attended by over 4,000 from all over the state of Hawaii as well as the mainland. PC: Maui Total Visual’s, Dave and Alice Thomas

    BYU basketball players Micaelee Orton and Kalani Purcell spending quality time with students at Pomoaikai Elementary in 2017 to emphasize the importance of education in athletics. PC: Maui Total Visual’s, Dave and Alice Thomas

    NCAA’s Oregon State University’s Sydney Wiese dunking on Idaho State in Maui Jim Maui Classic 2016. PC: Maui Total Visual’s, Dave and Alice Thomas

    The tournament will feature Oregon State, coming off their March Madness appearance, and finishing on top of the PAC12. Joining Oregon State will be Nevada State, Montana State and Utah State. Last year’s inaugural tournament drew a crowd of over 4,000 from Hawaiʻi as well as the mainland.

    The two-day tournament will feature two games per day, food trucks, live entertainment by ʻukulele musician Derick Sebastian and 14-time Guinness World Record holder Joe Odiambo as well as thousands in prizes including multiple chances to win Maui Jim Sunglasses.

    The first game will start at 5 p.m. and the second game will start at 7 p.m.

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    During the NCAA player visit, Maui Jim Maui Classic athletes will visit elementary schools across the island to emphasize the important role academics play in athletics. The athletes will be paired with elementary students and will spend one-on-one time reading to them as well as answering questions and signing autographs.

    basketballMAUI’s mission is to provide youth the opportunity to prepare for success both on and off the court. Organization leaders say they are excited to offer aspiring athletes an opportunity to experience higher level collegiate games and witness the benefits of hard work and dedication.

    Purchase $10 game-day passes online.

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    A portion of the proceeds will benefit local participating Maui elementary schools libraries, basketballMAUI sports programs and other local non-profit organizations.

    Nikki Schenfeld
    Nikki joined the Maui Now team in 2016 as a writer/reporter. Originally from Chicago, she has had internships with CBS2 Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Chicago where she had the opportunity to interview some of Chicago's best athletes. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism. She moved to Maui in 2013.
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