Every year for the last 20 years at the completion of the NCAA Basketball Tournament called “March Madness, Crossfire exhibition basketball team competes on the court against the seniors from Duke, North Carolina, Wake Forest, N.C State and Clemson in Asheville, NC.
Here is a little history about the annual event.
The Crossfire ACC All-star Classic began in 1994 when Duke University’s All American, Grant Hill, was a senior. That night 2,500 fans packed the Asheville High gymnasium, as Crossfire and the ACC All-Stars competed. Before the game Crossfire conducted a youth rally with special music, testimonies and preaching from God’s Word. At halftime a three-point and dunk contest were held then Gospel was shared. What was so exciting about that night was the fact that over 500 people made Professions of Faith in Jesus Christ during the half.
What about the final score? Crossfire defeated the ACC All-Stars 119-111 but nobody remembers the score yet many individuals that came to Christ that night scored in a bigger way. Crossfire calls that a great night of basketball whether the game was won or lost, seeing individuals come to Christ is why the game is played!
Since that first game in 1994, Crossfire has continued to compete against the ACC seniors each year and what is so nice is that the event keeps going and going. New seniors, new set of fans and new memories for the many families that come out for family fun.
Over the years some of the nation’s best have participated in the annual event. Players from the ACC have included: Wake Forest’s All American and current San Antonio Spurs NBA MVP Tim Duncan, North Carolina and former player for the Los Angeles Lakers player Shammond Williams who is now assistant coach at Tulane. Also Duke University’s Trajon Langdon (Current European Pro), North Carolina standout and current Charlotte Bobcat’s center Brendan Haywood, Duke University’s 2006 player of the year and current Orlando Magic guard J.J Reddick, and former Duke Blue Devil and current Golden State Warrior DeMarcus Nelson.
NCAA College 2009 Player of the year and North Carolina All-American Tyler Hansbourough played back to back games in 09 at the Asheville Civic center in front of over 10,000 people. Crossfire won 1 and the ACC won 1. Hundreds made decisions for Jesus!
Most recently Crossfire’s 2012 ACC game featured Miles Plumlee of Duke who is now with the Pheonix Suns. Also in the 2012 game, Tyler Zeller of North Carolina, now playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 2013 game featured N.C. State’s C.J. Leslie and Duke’s Mason Plumlee who was drafted by the Brooklyn Nets.
In 25 games, ACC has won 13 games and Crossfire 12. More importantly over 80,000 people have attended with thousands making decisions for the Lord Jesus Christ!