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Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment Announces the Addition of Georgetown University to the 2018 Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic Teams Roster

Jun 19th 2018

NEW YORK (June 19, 2018) – Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment (VWSE), the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, and SMG/Montego Bay Convention Centre, along with Jersey Mike’s are proud to announce the addition of the Georgetown University Hoyas to the roster of host teams in the 2018 Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic.

In its second year, the annual pre-season college basketball tournament will be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica from November 16-18, 2018, in one of the most iconic destinations in the Caribbean and birthplace to Georgetown University’s head men’s basketball coach and NBA Hall of Famer, Patrick Ewing.  


Ewing grew up in Kingston, Jamaica and played college basketball at Georgetown from 1981-1985 and was the first overall pick in the 1985 draft by the New York Knicks. Ewing played 15 of his 17 Hall of Fame years for the Knicks before finishing his playing career in Orlando in 2002.   Following his playing career, Ewing was an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards (‘02-03), Houston Rockets (‘03-06), Orlando Magic (‘07-12) and Charlotte Hornets (‘13-17). In 2017, he became the head coach for Georgetown.  

“I am excited to come home,” says Ewing. “I am really looking forward to bringing my Georgetown team to my birthplace and we hope to bring some great basketball and excitement to Jamaica.” Georgetown’s roster has additional connections to Jamaica, guard Jagan Mosely’s father, Michael, is from Brown’s Town and guard Jahvon Blair’s late father, Micheal, is from Montego Bay.

“The Jamaica Tourist Board is pleased to be on board once again as a sponsor of the Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic,” said Donnie Dawson, Jamaica’s Deputy Director of Tourism, the Americas. “This year we’re are delighted to welcome home one of our own sporting legends Patrick Ewing and his Georgetown Hoyas. The growth of the tournament and its ability to attract top quality team augurs well for the event. We are looking forward to hosting fans and supporters of the various teams to Montego Bay which is easily accessible due to regular nonstop flights from most major US gateways.”  
In addition to Georgetown, the other three (3) universities rounding out the four (4) host teams participating includes Loyola Marymount University Lions, Ohio University Bobcats, and University of South Florida Bulls. The remaining four (4) university participants will soon be announced. Eight (8) tournament games will be held on the four (4) host campus sites and eight (8) games at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Jamaica. All games played in the Montego Bay Convention Centre will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.

“I’m very excited that the Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic is back,” says the Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport. “Last year’s edition was a huge success, but I think that this year’s staging will be even better. The team at VWSE has increased the number of exceptional university teams in the tournament meaning there will be more exciting and high quality matches. And as an added treat, we’ll welcome home the great 

Patrick Ewing who has been such an inspiration and role model to so many of our basketball players. We are looking forward to working with the VWSE team to make the tournament a tremendous success.”
 

“SMG/Montego Bay Convention Centre is pleased to be involved in the second staging of the Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic,” says Karron Benjamin, Assistance General Manager and Director of Operations for SMG/Montego Bay Convention Centre. “This event contributes not only to Jamaica’s sports tourism, but also has a community involvement aspect to it.  The dedicated team at the SMG/Montego Bay Convention Centre is totally committed to providing the necessary support required to ensure the tournament continues to enjoy a resounding success as that of the first year”.   
For additional information or details pertaining to the purchase of tournament tickets and hotel packages in Montego Bay please reference https://www.jamaicaclassic.com...  

About Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment
Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment LLC (VWSE), a wholly owned subsidiary of Van Wagner Group LLC, is one of the preeminent sports marketing and media sales organizations in the world. It is an acknowledged innovator in property consulting and branding solutions and a global leader in naming rights, team and venue services, high-impact visible TV signage throughout the MLB, NBA, NCAA, MLS, and internationally in soccer, advertising and sponsorships sales, premium ticketing, technology design and integration, and in-venue content production. VWSE works with more than 300 professional and college teams worldwide. VWSE assists teams, organizations and properties in creating and selling advertising; sponsorships; and media that maximize revenue potential, and helps clients develop effective and powerful customized brand campaigns.

About Jamaica Tourist Board  
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. JTB offices are also located in Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Mumbai.   
TripAdvisor® ranked Jamaica as the #1 Caribbean Destination and #14 Best Destination in the World in 2018. Also this year, the International Council of the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) named Jamaica the Best Destination for Adventure Tourism and TravAlliance Media named the JTB the Best Tourism Board Overall. Additionally, the JTB has been declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) for eleven consecutive years between 2006 and 2017. In 2017, Jamaica also earned the WTA’s award for the Caribbean’s Leading Wedding Destination and the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination. Jamaica is home to some of the world’s best accommodations, attractions and service providers that have won several awards throughout the years.   
For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Website at www.visitjamaica.com or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422).  Follow the JTB on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. View the JTB blog at www.islandbuzzjamaica.com.  

About SMG/Montego Bay Convention Centre
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts 

centers, amphitheaters, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As a recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place and Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes- Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering companies, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information, visit www.smgworld.com.

About Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport
The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport forms part of Jamaica’s central government. Its aim is to work with the relevant stakeholders and partners to establish and implement policies and programmes that will harness the creativity of all Jamaicans, promote gender equality, preserve, promote and protect the country’s rich heritage and culture.

About Jersey Mike’s  
Jersey Mike’s, a fast-casual sub sandwich franchise with more than 1,500 locations open and under development nationwide, believes that making a sub sandwich and making a difference can be one and the same. Since 1956, this has been the driving force at Jersey Mike’s — serving customers, teams, and franchisees. The company’s commitment to excellence is what makes Jersey Mike’s a great franchise opportunity. From day one, Jersey Mike’s works with franchisees to ensure the best possible location, training, marketing, and ongoing coaching and support. Jersey Mike’s currently is seeking single- and multi-unit operators who have a unique passion for the business, giving to others, and bringing energy to people’s lives to help grow the fast-casual sandwich concept throughout the nation. For more information about available franchise opportunities, visit: www.jerseymikes.com/franchise or call 732-292-8272.  

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Media Contacts:
VWSE: Chrissy Suchy – csuchy@vanwagner.com or (212) 699-8574   
Jamaica Tourist Board: Natalia Lopez – natalia.lopez@finnpartners.com or (212) 593-6333 SMG/Montego Bay Convention Centre: Aceion Cunningham –
acunningham@mobaycentre.com or 876-427-1599
Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport: Oliver Watt – oliver.watt.jm@gmail.com or 876-564-9198
Jersey Mike’s: Kyle Potvin — kpotvin@splashllc.com or 917-838-4500