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Big Atlantic Classic underway from Beckley


The Big Atlantic Classic officially got underway on Sunday afternoon in Beckley with the Tip-Off Banquet.The event hosted by governor  Jim Justice welcomed in guest speaker, former Virginia Tech men's basketball head coach and current ESPN Analyst Seth Greenberg. Many of the team's and officials participating in the week's games were also among the crowd along with other dignitaries and as The 29th annual tournament approaches, Justice and Greenberg say the event carries more meaning than just basketball.

"This is a great week that transcends way beyond just a basketball game. I mean it really does. I mean it touches kids at the grade school level all the way up through college. There's a great message that's given to the kids. It is a real celebration of our kids and what really hometown communities are really all about," Justice said.

I think it's awesome. Just the whole concept behind it. You know to have a week celebrating basketball. West Vrginian's love basketball. To celebrate high school basketball, is even that much more important. I always talk about shared experiences and lifetime memories and if you think about for these kids that are playing, the shared experiences playing in this type of an environment and this type of event. I just think it's really good for the state and good for these young people," Greenberg said.

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