From our friends at the McDonald’s All American Games:

CHICAGO, Ill. (Jan. 17, 2013) – McDonald’s® has announced its list of high school seniors who have been nominated to play in the 2013 McDonald’s All American® Games, taking place on April 3 at Chicago’s United Center. The final roster of 24 boys and 24 girls who will be selected to play in the 2013 Games will be announced during the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Show on ESPNU on February 14 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

More than 800 players from 39 states and the District of Columbia were nominated for the 2013 McDonald’s All American Games. Texas boasts the highest number of nominees (80), followed by Oklahoma (73), Iowa (60), California (59) and Virginia (44). Players were nominated by high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee. The complete list of nominees is available at www.mcdaag.com.

“This list of McDonald’s All American Games Nominees represents the finest prep talent in the country, and we are privileged to acknowledge them for their career success on the court, in the classroom and in the community,” said Morgan Wootten, McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee Chairman. “Today we celebrate these young players, and we look forward to selecting the final team next month.”

2013 McDonald’s All American Games Tickets Available January 19
Tickets for the 2013 McDonald’s All American Games will be available beginning January 19 at 11:00 a.m. CT. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or charge-by-phone at 1-866-909-GAME. Ticket prices start as low as $10, and are also available in a popular family four-pack which includes four tickets, four soft drinks and four hot dogs – all for $53. Parking is free the night of the Games.

“If it’s springtime, then the best high school basketball players are in Chicago for the McDonald’s All American Games,” ” said Douglas Freeland, director of the McDonald’s All American Games. “So whether you’re rooting for your hometown hero, college recruit or taking in the experience with your family, this annual basketball rite of passage is a can’t miss event.”

Net proceeds from the Games will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®). The Games have raised more than $10 million for RMHC since 1978.

The 36th Annual Boys Game will tip-off on Wednesday, April 3 at 8:30 p.m. CT from Chicago’s United Center and will be broadcast on ESPN. Immediately preceding the Boys Game will be the 12th Annual Girls Game, which tips-off at 6 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

@McDAAG
Get in the Game by following the new McDonald’s All American Games Twitter handle, @McDAAG, to receive up-to-date information and a behind-the-scenes look at the 2013 Games; including key announcements, local player/coach recognitions and historical Games facts and figures.

About McDonald’s
McDonald’s USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States offering a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to more than 25 million customers day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at any of the 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com or follow us on Twitter (@McDonalds) and Facebook (Facebook.com/McDonalds) for updates on our business, promotions and menu items.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Through its global network of local Chapters in 57 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars ingrants to support children’s programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-operated and supported programs provide a bridge to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more information, visit www.rmhc.org, follow RMHC on Twitter (@RMHC), or like RMHC on Facebook (Facebook.com/RMHC Global).