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Bennett nominated for McDonald's All American

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —  McDonald’s Restaurants of Greater Savannah are proud to announce the 2008 All American Basketball nominees.
    For the past 30 years, more than 1,000 players have competed in the McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Games, comprising an elite lineup of superstars —  a veritable Who’s Who in basketball history. More importantly, the Games have raised millions of dollars for Ronald McDonald House Charities nationwide.
    Our 2008 nominees from greater Savannah are: James Fields, Alfread Ely Beach High School; Ben Evelyn, Sol C. Johnson High School; Toby Veal, Sol C. Johnson High School; Cashmere Wright, Urban Christian Academy; Monnette Bennett, Statesboro High School; Metra Walthour, Liberty County High School and Nisha Adams, Liberty County High School.
    The final team roster will be announced in February. Players were nominated by the McDonald’s All American Basketball Team Selection Committee, a group of prominent basketball experts including nationally-renowned coaches and top high school sports journalists.
    A portion of the proceeds from both games will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin. To date, millions have been donated to RMHC Chapters from proceeds generated at the McDonald’s All American Games. RMHC’s core three programs include the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobil — extending the reach of the Charity to directly improve the health and well-being of children around the world.
    McDonald’s All American alumni include WNBA talent Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx) and Shanna Crossley (San Antonio Silver Spurs) as well as NCAA stars Ivory Latta (North Carolina), Tina Charles (Connecticut) and Candace Parker (Tennessee) who made history at the 2004 McDonald's All American Games when she became the first woman to win the slam dunk contest at the POWERade Jam Fest.
    Since 1977, over 700 male players have competed in the McDonald’s All American Games, forming an elite list that reads like a "Who’s Who" in basketball history.  McDonald’s All American athletes include basketball greats Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and current college stand-outs such as Michael Beasley (Kansas State) and Kevin Love (UCLA).
    This year, the McDonald’s All American Games tip-off in Milwaukee, Wis. at the Bradley Center on Wednesday, March 26, 2008. The Girls Game broadcasts live at 7 p.m. on ESPNU and the Boys Game broadcasts live at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN.  
    For more information please visit www.McDonaldsAllAmerican.com.

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