In 2003, LeBron James was a high school basketball star playing in the prolific Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament.
This December, the Christ the King High School boys hoops team will get the chance to take on James’ alma matter, as the Royals have been invited to take part in this year’s revival of the storied tournament in the seaside town of Lewes, Del.
The Royals are one of 14 teams, representing seven states, to be invited to Slam Dunk to the Beach 2014. Other powerhouse schools to take part include St. Vincent-St. Mary High School of Akron, Ohio, where James starred, and Mt. St. Joseph’s High School of Baltimore.
Aside from the bevy of collegiate and professional basketball players Christ the King has produced over the last two decades, the Royals recent rise to prominence has been spurred by winning the last two state hoops championships.
This is the first Slam Dunk to the Beach since 2003, when former tournament organizer Bobby Jacobs canceled the event. In 2008, he was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing tournament funds five years earlier.