Nov. 22, 2022 – The 2023 Slam Dunk Showcase and the 5th Annual Crusader Classic will feature five highly competitive high school match-ups on Saturday, Jan. 7 at Iona University in New Rochelle.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “Basketball is more accessible to the general public than any other sport. It is as enjoyable to play as it is to watch. Here’s an opportunity to gather your family and friends to witness and cheer on a new generation of future basketball stars as they compete in a series of entertaining rivalries.”

Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathy O’Connor said: “We are excited to host ten stellar high school teams at this mega basketball competition. Combining these two elite events into one premiere showcase will provide an exciting day of high school basketball and excellent exposure for the schools and players involved. The County would like to thank Archbishop Stepinac High School and the Crusader Classic for their partnership in making this event possible, which has become a must-see event on the local high school basketball scene.”

Michael O’Donnell, Archbishop Stepinac High School Athletic Director said, “We are very excited to be able to play this game on a college campus and a larger venue each year. The partnership with the prestigious, Slam Dunk event and the Crusader Classic will make for a great day of basketball for the area and the state. We thank Iona, its athletic department and staff for working with us to make this happen.”

Patrick Massaroni (Class of ’06), who has been Archbishop Stepinac High School’s Head Basketball Coach for the past eight years, said, “The Crusader Classic has become a tradition in the area to kick off the new calendar year. Partnering with the Slam Dunk Showcase this year will expand the event from a single game to a five game showcase that includes girls and boy’s teams who are ranked both locally and statewide. We are very excited for a great day of basketball."

This year’s one-day event is presented by the Westchester County Parks Department and Archbishop Stepinac High School.
The showcase will feature five extremely competitive high school match-ups between some of the New York area’s top teams as follows:

Girls Walter Panas vs. Putnam Valley 12 Noon
Girls Albertus Magnus vs. Ursuline 2 p.m.
Boys Kingston vs. White Plains 4 p.m.
Boys Xaverian vs. Mt. Vernon 6 p.m.
Boys Crusader Classic featuring Iona Prep vs. Stepinac 8 p.m.

Doors open at 11 a.m. and General Admission is $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the door on the day of the event and parking is free.

All media requests should be made in advance to .

Iona College is located at 715 North Avenue in New Rochelle (directions). It is also accessible via the Westchester County BEE-LINE bus system. For a bus schedule, call (914) 813-7777 or go to Bee-Line Bus.

Call (914) 231-4500 for more information.