The McDonald’s All American Game has decided to cancel its event amid concerns with COVID-19.
“After careful consideration, we have decided to cancel the 2020 McDonald’s All American Games and all associated events,” McDonald’s said in a statement. “We made this very difficult decision in order to protect the health and safety of the players, fans and event staff. We know how much the McDonald’s All American Games means to the tremendously talented 48 high school athletes selected to the roster. Cancelling the Games does not diminish the contributions they have already made to the sport and their communities - nothing can take away the fact that each of them will forever be a McDonald’s All American.”
On Wednesday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced during a press conference that "all of the events for us that are city produced, co-sponsored and permitted for the month of March are going to be either rescheduled or cancelled."
The McDonald’s Games tip on April 1, but most players and their families arrive four days prior for practices, dunk and 3-point contests and other events.
According to the CDC, there are currently a total of 21 cases of COVID-19 in the state of Texas, 14 of which are Houston-area residents.
Earlier in the day, GEICO Nationals announced that the tournament, which was set for April 2-4, was postponed indefinitely.
On the same day, the Jordan Brand Classic, which was set to tip on March 27 in Chicago, announced that its event would be cancelled.
The McDonald's All American Game is the marquee postseason all-star game for elite high school basketball players.
In January, McDonald's announced 24 of the top seniors in the country to participate in the game.