March 11, 2013

Fans: Cast your vote for All-Star Game!

Last year, voters selected St. Lawrence's Ralph Temgoua and Wash U's Dylan Richter.

Fans have the opportunity to select one student-athlete for each of the two teams in the 2013 Reese’s® Division III College All-Star Game. The game will be played on March 23 prior to the NCAA® Division III men’s basketball championship semifinal games at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va., beginning at 3:30 p.m. Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cups are the official candy partner of the NCAA.

Voting will take place on the front page of D3hoops.com, starting at noon ET on Monday, March 11, and running through noon ET on Wednesday, March 13. Fans will be able to choose from a list with the top senior student-athlete in each of the eight Division III regions whose teams are no longer participating in the NCAA Tournament. The two top vote-getters will join 16 other seniors, two from each region, who were selected by a committee vote, for a total of nine student-athletes per side. Fans may cast one vote per device.

It is the third year that voting for these spots has been conducted online. Last year, more than 37,000 ballots were cast on D3hoops.com.

Who should play in the 2013 Reese's NABC All-Star Game?
Tahrike Carter, Rhode Island College
Andrew Galow, Rhodes
Isaiah Holman, John Jay
Spencer Niekamp, Capital
Wes Nordquist, Buena Vista
Jake Schwarz, Lakeland
Dave Singleton, Albright
Hayden Ward, Oswego State

“This is a fun event for fans and we are happy to be able to have this part to play in the process,” said Pat Coleman, executive editor of D3sports.com. “We know the true Division III basketball fan already has us bookmarked and is the reason we had more than half a million unique visitors last year. Division III basketball has never been more popular.”

The two players will be given spots on the All-Star team roster, joining two seniors selected from each Division III region.

“This online voting for the Reese’s College All-Star Game in Division III allows fans to be directly involved and adds to the excitement surrounding the event,” said Reggie Minton, NABC deputy executive director. “The Reese’s All-Star game is a terrific event for the coaches, student-athletes and fans.”

About D3hoops.com

D3hoops.com is part of the D3sports.com network, a group of websites covering all Division III sports, and men’s and women’s basketball, football, baseball, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s ice hockey in depth. Executive editor Pat Coleman, a former editor at USA Today, has run D3hoops.com since 1997. The sites are based in Minneapolis. D3hoops.com, which has been covering Division III basketball on the Internet for 18 seasons, can be found at www.d3hoops.com.

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.

About The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery. Headquartered in Hershey, PA, The Hershey Company has operations throughout the world and more than 12,000 employees. With revenues of nearly $6 billion, Hershey offers confectionery products under more than 25 brand names, including such iconic brands as Hershey's, Reese's, Hershey's Kisses, Hershey's Bliss, Hershey's Special Dark and Hershey's Extra Dark, Kit Kat, Twizzlers, and Ice Breakers. Hershey also is a leader in the premium and artisan chocolate segments, with such brands as Scharffen Berger and Dagoba, offered through the Artisan Confections Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. The company is focused on growing its presence in key international markets such as China and Mexico while continuing to build its competitive advantage in the United States and Canada.

For more than 100 years, The Hershey Company has been a leader in making a positive difference in the communities where its employees live, work and do business. Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of the company’s global business strategy, which includes goals and priorities focused on fair and ethical business dealings, environmental stewardship, fostering a desirable workplace for employees, and positively impacting society and local communities. Milton Hershey School, established in 1909 by the company's founder and administered by Hershey Trust Company, provides a quality education, housing, and medical care at no cost to children in social and financial need. Students of Milton Hershey School are direct beneficiaries of The Hershey Company's success.

About the NCAA

The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes. 

In Division III the college experience is a time of learning and growth - a chance to follow passions and develop potential. For student-athletes in Division III, all of this happens most importantly in the classroom and through earning an academic degree. The Division III experience provides for passionate participation in a competitive athletic environment, where student-athletes push themselves to excellence and build on their academic success with new challenges and life skills. And student-athletes are encouraged to pursue the full passions and find their potential through a comprehensive educational experience. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.ncaa.org/divisionIII.

NCAA is a trademark of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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