By Christopher Matthews and Gretchen Klosterman
McDonald’s is pleased to announce that two players from Toledo, both female, Akienreh Johnson and keasja Peace, of Rogers High School, have been nominated for the 2016 McDonald’s All American Games.
On Monday, January 18, 2016, at the third annual MLK Classic, hundreds attended a series of games and during halftime, of the last game of the event, the nominees were acknowledged. There were 760 high school seniors who had been nominated representing
“We are very pleased with the nomination two local players for the 2016 McDonald’s All American Games,” said Tim Sloan, Co-Op President, McDonald’s Restaurant of NW Ohio and SE Michigan. “These student-athletes display remarkable dedication and commitment to the game. It’s an honor to have these players’ talent’s recognized at the national level and we are proud to have them representing Toledo as nominees for the 2016 McDonald’s All American Games.”
John Harris a local McDonalds owner and operator of nine restaurants in the Toledo area said that he is attending MLK Classic on behalf of McDonald’s of NWO and SEM to present a award to Keasja Peace and Akienreh Johnson. He also stated that, this is a prestigious award and, they are pretty proud about that. When asked how does one get nominated, Mr. Harris replied that,: usually the coaches submit the applications for those player they think meet the criteria for the nomination.
Akienreh Johnson 17 and a senior at Rogers plans to attend the University of Michigan felt good to be part of the select few that were nominated for the McDonalds All-American Classic.
She has known Keasja Peace since fourth grade and they will be attending the same university. “Not many people get to play basketball and attend the same college with their best friend,” Akienreh said.
When asked about how are the dynamics between the two of them on the court Ms. Johnson replied having Keasja on the court alleviates a lot of stress, she is unstoppable on the left side of the court.
Seventeen year old Keasja Peace says I felt like this is a big achievement and accomplishment. “ I always wanted to be nominated for the McDonald’s All-American Classic. If, I would of made it, that would have better but, I am grateful that I was even a nominated, “ she expressed.
Keasja and and Akienreh collectively agreed that if any individual wants to be successful they must work hard, and never give up, keep their head up and stay dedicated.
The 39th Annual Boys Game will tip-off on Wednesday, March 30, at 8:00 pm CT from Chicago’s United Center and will be broadcast on ESPN. The 15th Annual Girls Game will precede the Boys Game, beginning at 5:30 pm CT and will broadcast live on ESPNU. Information regarding tickets for the 2016 McDonald’s All American Games is available at Ticketmaster. Tickets for the 2016 Games go on sale Saturday, February 6. Tickets start as low as $10 and include free parking. There is also the popular family four-pack option which includes four tickets, four soft drinks and four hot dogs – all for $53.
Net proceeds from the Games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). The Games have raised more than $11 million for RMHC since their inception in 1978. At RMHC, programs like the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room provide stability and vital resources to families in their time of need, allowing their child time to heal and helping to keep them healthy and happy.
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About Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Through its global network of 300 Chapters in more than 62 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House, the Ronald McDonald Family Room and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, and millions of dollars in grants to support children’s programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and vital resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-operated and supported programs, enable family-centered care, provide a bridge to quality health care, are a vital part of the health care continuum and give children and families the time they need to heal and cope better together.