The 2020 Lighthouse Classic has officially been cancelled.
Tournament Director Vince Overholt and Lighthouse Foundation Executive Director Gary Caveness made the painful decision together Friday morning amid the dangers associated with the once again-rapidly rising numbers associated with COVID-19.
Although the decision was painful in one way, in another it was a relief and the best choice, everything being considered.
“Due to rising COVID concerns, we are cancelling the Lighthouse Classic,” Overholt said in a statement released Friday. “This is not a decision that was made easily or in haste because we certainly had every intention and hope of playing. However, it was an easy decision when all was said and done.”
“At the end of the day it’s all about the safety of the players, coaches, fans, sponsors and everyone else involved,” he continued.
With the Lighthouse Foundation depending heavily each year on revenue from the tournament to keep it functioning, having no tournament will hurt. But, according to Overholt, the sky is not falling.
“Yes, the Lighthouse Foundation does depend a lot on moneys raised from the Lighthouse Classic,” he said, “but we have some incredible sponsors that are continuing to support the Foundation financially with their donations.”
The first Lighthouse Classic was played in 2013 and has featured many of the top players and teams from not only the United States but Canada as well. Current NBA players such as Devin Booker, Wendell Carter, Jr, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Quindary Weatherspoon and Mitchell Robinson have all graced the floor of Corinth High School in past ‘Classics’ with four more expected to be on that list following next week’s NBA draft: James Wiseman, Kira Lewis, Robert Woodard and Josh Green.
Overholt added he is already hard at work planning for next year’s Lighthouse Classic.
“I’m on it,” he concluded.