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A Cleaner World is proud to support the 2021 HAECOishiring.com Invitational high school holiday basketball tournament.  This will be the 45th annual tournament and will be held December 27-29, 2021 at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Despite canceling the 2020 HAECO Invitational due to COVID-19, the Greensboro Sports Council contributed $32,500 to the Greensboro community on the strength of its membership donations. The Council donated $22,000 to the eight schools that played in the 2019 HAECO Invitational as well as $10,500 in scholarships and charitable contributions.  Since 2008, the HAECO Invitational has contributed $1,208,000 to its participating schools including this year’s $22,000 contributions.  While progress with COVID-19 vaccinations and the pandemic itself will ultimately be the determining factors, the 45th HAECO Invitational is scheduled for December 27-29, 2021.

The HAECO Invitational was founded in 1976.  At that time, the Big Four ACC schools, Duke, NC State, UNC, and Wake Forest competed in the Big Four Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum.  The HAECO Invitational, originally known as the Little Four Tournament, was created to mirror the tournament that showcased North Carolina’s ACC teams and raise funds for the participating high schools’ athletic programs.  The final Big Four Tournament was held in 1980, but the Little Four Tournament continued.  The HAECO Invitational is now widely considered the most successful holiday basketball tournament in North Carolina.  

In addition to making donations to the participating schools, the HAECOishiring.com Invitational makes other charitable contributions.  Past tournament proceeds have been contributed to Backpack Beginnings, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, NC High School Athletic Association, Corrigan Faircloth Chapter of the National Football Foundation, Bryan Family YMCA, First Tee of the Triad, Greensboro Urban Ministries, the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer, Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test, the Eastern Guilford High School Fund, the Joey Cheek Fund, North Carolina State Games, and the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club.

The Bill Lee Memorial Scholarship was established in 2001.  Lee was a Greensboro native and resident who was a major supporter of local sports.  He was deeply involved with Greensboro’s minor league baseball efforts, basketball and golf.  The Greensboro Sports Council established the scholarship following Lee’s death in 2001.  Recipients are nominated by their school, and the Greensboro Sports Council awards the scholarships.  Each nomination is considered with the following: 40% academic, 40% athletic and 20% civic.  Four student-athletes receive a $2000 scholarship each year, 64 scholarships have been awarded since 2001.


For more information:

HAECOishiring.com Invitational
Haeco Facebook Page

Read more about past Big Four Tournaments:

Big Four Tournament Rivalries

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