2009 SNY Invitational Presented by
Time Warner Cable to Tip Off January 23

SNY Invitational

SNY Invitational

Four of New York’s Top High School Teams to Compete
[New York] January 8, 2009 – SNY, the television home of the New York Mets, Jets and BIG EAST Conference, today announced that the 2009 SNY Invitational presented by Time Warner Cable will tip off January 23-24 at 6pm and showcase four of the top ranked high school teams in New York.  The teams include Jefferson, Mount Vernon, St. Raymond and Boys and Girls High School. All games will be broadcast live on SNY and feature SNY commentator Kevin Burkhardt calling all the action alongside SNY’s BIG EAST basketball analyst Tim Welsh.  Brian Custer, host of the WheelHouse on SNY, will handle the sideline duties.

The SNY Invitational presented by Time Warner Cable was established in January 2008 with the goal of creating an annual high school basketball tournament that will be both a pillar of SNY’s involvement in the community, as well as New York’s elite high school basketball event. Throughout the two-day tournament, SNY will provide exposure to the schools and students by televising the games, as well as producing multiple vignettes and human interest pieces about the individual schools and their teams.  In addition, SNY and Time Warner Cable’s NYC Region will make a donation totaling $20,000 to the participating schools.
“While the inaugural SNY Invitational exceeded our expectations, this year’s event is shaping up to be even more exciting as we aim to set a new benchmark for high school athletic events in New York,” said Steve Raab, President of SNY.  “We’re honored to give back to these communities and showcase the participating high schools and their athletes.”
“Time Warner Cable has a long tradition of supporting educators and students.  This includes free cable television and high speed online service to schools, scholarships and a number of initiatives offered throughout the year.  This partnership with SNY is another example of how we encourage students to reach their full potential,” said Harriet Novet, Regional Vice President, Public Affairs for Time Warner Cable’s NYC Region. “We’re thrilled to once again support local high schools.  Our customers can watch these games conveniently through local on demand Channel 1111,” added Novet.
In addition to stellar high school basketball, the SNY Invitational presented by Time Warner Cable will showcase prominent entertainment acts throughout the two-day event, such as E3 Dance Crew – a Hip-Hop dance crew that has competed in a plethora of competitions and is currently the 2008 Showtime at The Apollo dance champion, and Extreme Team, which combine the talents of gymnasts, tumblers and trampoline specialists known for their unique acrobatic slam-dunk performances.    Other performances include Street Beats Group, a New York City-based dance and percussion troupe that combine the excitement and energy of off-Broadway hits like “Bring In Da Noise,” “Stomp” and “Blue Man Group” with their original, high-energy music and choreography.  In addition, Acroback, a world class group of break dancers and tumblers will also perform at the event.

Fans in attendance will receive gift bags containing such valuable items as two New Jersey Nets tickets.
The 2009 SNY Invitational will take place at New York University’s Coles Sports Center in Manhattan.  Time Warner Cable will serve as the presenting sponsor of the tournament. Other official sponsors of the event include the New York Daily News, McDonald’s, 2K Sports, Spalding, StubHub and New York’s 529 College Savings Program.
SNY and Time Warner Cable are providing fans a chance to win a new MacBook.

To enter the SNY Invitational Sweepstakes, visit http://www.sny.tv/fan_zone/sweepstakes/invitational/form.jsp
SNY is available on Channel 26 and in high definition on channel 726 to Time Warner Cable NYC Region customers. Games will also be available on Channel 1111, Local Video On Demand, for Time Warner Cable customers in Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Mt. Vernon and Bergen County, New Jersey.
For additional information on the SNY Invitational, or to purchase tickets, visit www.snyinvitational.com <http://www.snyinvitational.com/> .
  SNY Invitational TV Schedule on Friday, Jan. 23  
  Game 1: Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 at 6pm, SNY   Jefferson High School vs. Mount Vernon  
  Game 2: Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 at 8pm, SNY   St. Raymond vs. Boys and Girls High School 
  SNY Invitational TV Schedule on Saturday, Jan. 24  
  Game 1: Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 at 6pm, SNY   Consolation Game (TBD)  
  Game 2: Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 at 8pm, SNY   Championship Game (TBD)