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The 42nd annual Capital Classic, the once elite and longest running high school all-star game in the country, will be returning to Washington, D.C., April 24 at Catholic University, officials announced April 6 at a press conference on the campus of Gonzaga College High School.

Bob Geoghan, the founder of the Capital Classic, was in attendance and gave poignant remarks about the game’s origin, struggles, and his own health problems that have kept him from fully running the show in the way that he would like. But, this year, with the help of DMVElite CEO Chris Lawson and his staff, the parts are in place to get this game back to its national glory.

Past alumni of the game also were in attendance, including Mark Tillman, former Georgetown Hoyas great and Gonzaga standout; Tyrone Jones, class of ’84 Dunbar High graduate; and Stacy Robinson, class of ’75 Dunbar grad and – as he would remind you – a member of the Capital Classic “20 point club.” Each guy shared memories of their experience playing and the importance of the game being back in Washington, D.C.

DCIAA championship head coach Lawrence Mines, of HD Woodson, will be coaching the Capital All-Stars and the WCAC championship head coach Steve Turner, of Gonzaga, will be coaching the United States All-Stars.

Bob Geoghan also touched on the work he has been doing behind the scenes such as lobbying the NCAA to allow players to participate in more than two all-star games. This was the main reason why the District’s beloved Kevin Durant wasn’t able to participate when he was a senior at Montrose Christian because he played in the McDonald’s and Jordan Brand Classic.

Another rule change that Geoghan pushed for was to allow the game to be played at the Verizon Center. The NCAA rules state that an all-star game cannot take place on a college campus. And while Verizon is acknowledged as the home of the Georgetown Hoyas, technically McDonough Arena is Georgetown’s home gym. Getting clearance from the NCAA will now allow the game to take place at Verizon Center starting next year, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

General admission prices are $20.00 with limited VIP seats available go to www.thecapitalclassic.com to order. A portion of the net proceeds will benefit the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Wounded Warrior Project.