A Cleaner World is proud to support the 2019 HAECO Invitational High School Holiday Basketball Tournament. This year will be the 44th annual tournament and will be held on December 26-28, 2019, at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center.
Contributions to Schools: Last year was one of the most successful tournaments in its long history and supported the eight participating Guilford County local high school athletic departments. Sponsor support and ticket sales made it possible to contribute $80,000 to the participating High School athletic programs. In addition, the tournament draws an average of more than 10,000 fans each year. Both boys and girls teams will represent Dudley High School, Greensboro Day School, Grimsley, Northern Guilford, Northwest Guilford, Page, Ragsdale, and Smith High Schools.
The Tournament: 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.
Charitable Contributions: In addition to making donations to the participating schools, the Haeco Invitational makes other philanthropic contributions. Past tournament proceeds have been contributed to Ready for School/Ready for life, 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.
Bill Lee Scholarship: 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, 77 scholarships have been awarded since 2001.
For more information:
Haeco Facebook Page
Read more about past Big Four Tournaments:
Big Four article from 1974
Remembering the ACC's Big Four Tournament