By Jeff Mays
HARLEM—The city's best high school basketball players will tip off in Harlem Sunday in the first-ever NYC Mayor's Cup tournament for that sport.
Though Mayor's Cups — competitions produced by the city's marketing arm NYC & Company — have been held for other sports, basketball is one of four new additions to the schedule.
The others are softball, soccer and cricket.
"With these four additional sports and a new Facebook page we hope to reach a broader audience of students, parents and those that are generally interested in NYC sports," said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company.
"We encourage all the sports fans throughout the five boroughs to come out and watch some of the best athletic competition in New York City.”
Thousands of young people participated in last year's NYC Mayor's Cup, which now includes 13 sports.
The basketball competiton will feature boys and girls all-stars chosen from 44 high schools throughout the city.
From Manhattan, Dylan Cassanova of Norman Thomas High School, Lazaro Martinez of Wadleigh and Quay Shaun Mitchell of the High School of Graphics Communication Arts will be on the boys all-star team, coached by Michael Crump of Wadleigh.
On the girls' side, six girls from Manhattan schools dominate the squad, including Nubia Haynes from Manhattan Village Academy, Bobbie Whitehead from High School of Graphics Communication Arts and Cheryl Osborne from the Bayard Rustin Educational Complex. Coach Jessenia Marrero from the Baruch College Campus High School will lead the team.
The event is open to the public and is being billed as an opportunity for young people to display their talents to the world. The winners will be named "Best in the City."
The girls game tips-off at 1 p.m. Sunday at City College's Nat Holman Gym at 160 Convent Ave. at 136th Street. The boy's game follows at 3 p.m.