ROCKVILLE, Md. - Sports America, Inc. of Rockville, Maryland, has announced an agreement with The Topps Company, Inc. to be a national sponsor of the 2004 AFLAC All-American High School Baseball Classic, which will take place on Friday, August 6, 2004 at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md. This baseball showcase features the nation's top 40 rising senior players in an East vs. West match-up and will be televised nationally on FOX Sports Net on Sunday, August 8 (Check your local listings). All proceeds will benefit the division of Pediatric Oncology at Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.
"We are thrilled to have Topps as one of our national sponsors for the AFLAC All-American Classic," said Sports America, Inc. President & CEO Robert J. Geoghan. "Topps has been a part of our national pastime for over 50 years so we are proud to align ourselves with the leader in baseball cards and look forward to continuing this partnership."
In addition to its official sponsorship, Topps will also present four outstanding performers with The Topps Player of the Game. Two pitchers and two position players (one from each team) will receive the prestigious award.
Topps also sponsors annual awards honoring Major League rookies, minor league players and baseball scouts.
Founded in 1938 as Topps Chewing Gum, Topps issued its first baseball cards in 1951 and is an international marketer of entertainment products, principally candy, collectible trading cards and sticker album collections. Topps Internet business includes Topps.com, eTopps.com, TheToppsVault.com and thePit.com.com.
Official selection partners Baseball America and Perfect Game USA choose players to be AFLAC All-Americans for their accomplishments both on, and off the field, including involvement in the community.
The inaugural AFLAC Baseball Classic (2003) featured 31 AFLAC All-Americans who were selected in June's Major League Baseball Draft, including four top-10 picks and 10 players selected in the first round.
For more information about the AFLAC All-American High School Baseball Classic and for the latest news, pictures and roster, log on to www.aflacallamerican.com .
Sports America, Inc. is an event management and sports marketing corporation based in Rockville, Md. The company has created and currently produces the AFLAC All-American High School Baseball Classic and National Selection Tour, the McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Game and Jordan Capital Classic High School All-Star Basketball Game.