LAKESHORE CLASSIC | Gary Chamber of Commerce
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About the Classic

The Lakeshore Classic is a regional family oriented event focusing its activities on raising educational awareness and drawing on the parallels between sports participation and academic achievement to encourage the region’s youth to follow a path for success.

Lakeshore Classic
Regional Advisors

Lake County Councilman
Charlie Brown

Ed Charbonneau

Vic DeMeyer,

Edgewater Health
Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes,

Lonnie Randolph

Eddie Melton

Dave Ryan, Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce

Lakeshore Classic
Planning Committee

Michael Radbel,
Main Sporting Goods

Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes,
Edgewater Health

Mike LaBroi,
Mike LaBroi Entertainment

McKinley Jelks, Sr.,
Lakeshore Classic

Beverly Harbour
GEMS Network

Cheryl Scott-Fields
GEMS Network

A 12-Year Successful Run

  • Increased yearly attendance to 7,000 people.
  • Welcomed college teams from Central State University, Fisk University, Tuskegee University, and University of Michigan, Dearborn.
  • High school basketball teams from throughout Indiana and Illinois participating, in a “Border Battle” challenge.
  • Corporate events featuring prominent guest speakers including;
    • Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs head coach and region native
    • Gene Keady, Purdue University head coach, retired
    • Bob Love, retired Chicago Bulls star player
    • Bryce Drew, Valparaiso University
      Head Coach & 1994 Mr. Indiana Basketball
    • Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State; Founder, Jesse White Tumbling Team
    • Oscar “Big O” Robertson, NBA All Star and 2-time NBA World Champion Dr. Dick Barnett.
    • Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman, former NBA Star and successful businessman.
    • Lloyd McClendon, former Manager of the Pittsburg Pirates & Seattle mariners.
    • David J. Johns, Executive Director White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, Washington, DC
    • Mike Huff, VP of Baseball/Fast Pitch for the Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball Team and former outfielder.
    • LaTroy Hawkins, 1991 graduate of Gary West Side High School. A distinguished 21 year Major League Baseball career.
    • Kenny Lofton, Star Major League Baseball Player from East Chicago, Indiana.