2021 Via All-Stars Announced
The 46th Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic is an elite sports event featuring the finest basketball talent in the greater Lehigh Valley. The Classic raises funds to support Via of the Lehigh Valley’s services for children and adults with disabilities, showcases the basketball talents of our area student athletes, and educates attendees about Via and the need for community support through financial, partnership and advocacy support.
The Via All-Star Basketball Classic selection committee announced the 2021 Via All-Stars, Via Teams of the Year and Via Players of Year. The best players in the greater Lehigh Valley have been chosen to represent their high schools as the 46th class of Via All-Stars.
Due to COVID-19 constraints, the 2021 Via All-Star Basketball Classic Banquet and Games to celebrate high school basketball players and raise funds for Via’s services for children and adults with disabilities did not take place this year.
The Via All-Star Basketball Classic benefits Via’s services for children and adults with disabilities.
|“This has been a difficult year for all of us and the Via All-Star Basketball Classic wishes to recognize these student athletes for their hard-fought accomplishments,” said Lisa Walkiewicz, Via’s President and Chief Executive Officer.|
Past sponsors of this event, including Service Electric, St. Luke’s University Health Network and the Yurconic Agency, will continue supporting Via by donating directly to Via’s services.
John M. Walson, Service Electric Cable TV and Communications President, said, “My dad always knew how important Via is to the Lehigh Valley, and I’m proud to continue that support in 2021 and for years to come.”
St. Luke’s Health Network‘s Sports Medicine Program Manager, Joe Stofanak, reiterated how important the Network’s partnership with Via is. “We support Via’s mission to help people of all abilities and have been proud to sponsor the All-Star Basketball Classic to honor local athletes and raise funds for Via’s services. Because of the pandemic, it is not possible to hold the event this year, but we will continue to support this important agency by sponsoring a week of activities for Via’s Teen Summer program that helps teens prepare for a bright future while enjoying exciting recreational and educational activities.”
Jeff Boardman, Business Insurance Manager at The Yurconic Agency, also expressed support of Via’s mission and services. “As a past sponsor of events such as the Via Golf Classic & Via All-Star Basketball Classic, The Yurconic Agency is grateful to sponsor the Via of the Lehigh Valley Teen Summer and Community Connections programs in 2021. The services that Via provides to children and adults with disabilities throughout the Lehigh Valley are very important to enriching our community. As a longtime partner, we are proud to continue to support this much-needed organization.”
Lisa Walkiewicz added, “While the Via All-Star Classic can’t happen this year as it has in years past, announcing the Via All-Star sections today allows the Via All-Stars to receive the recognition they deserve. We appreciate all the companies that sponsored this event over the last 46 years, as well as, the All-Stars families who donated to support Via’s mission to help people with disabilities reach their full potential. We are grateful that we can continue to count upon this support.”
About Via of the Lehigh Valley
Serving our community since 1952, Via helps people reach their full potential. In a typical year, Via provides services to 1,250 children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities living in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Monroe, Bucks and Berks counties. Services for adults and teens include vocational exploration, community employment, educational activities, volunteer and recreational opportunities. For young children, services include early intervention therapies and inclusive education. Visit www.ViaNet.org to learn more about Via’s services or make a donation to support Via.