Governor's Challenge Basketball Tournament Returns to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center

November 22, 2013

For years, the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center has brought high school boys basketball players together to compete on the hardwood over the holiday break. In 2010, a unique spin was put on the event as Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley issued a challenge to Delaware Governor Jack Markell. The wager: a Maryland Smith Island Cake to a Delaware Peach Pie. The inaugural Governor's Challenge was born, bringing with it a new level of excitement to this holiday basketball classic.

Now in its 4th year the Governor's Challenge is growing even more by adding an AAU division! Five age groups will compete in the AAU division including 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades. The addition of an AAU division nearly doubles the size of the Governor's Challenge Basketball Festival, as the event is now hosting participants anywhere from 9 to 18 years old. The Wicomico Youth & Civic Center will continue to host the event. With four courts playing in one building, all at once, this year's Governor's Challenge will be a basketball lover's dream!

Spectator Info

This year’s Governor’s Challenge Holiday Basketball Festival will take place December 26-29th, 2013 at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury, MD. This event is open to the public.

Tickets - On Sale After Thanksgiving

Tickets will provide you access to the entire building for the entire day (includes high school games and AAU games). Advanced Tournament Pass, includes admission to all games, every day of the tournament (on-sale after Thanksgiving through the first day of the event) $30 Adults / $15 Youth (11-18) / Under 11 years old free.

Advanced tickets can be purchased (after Thanksgiving):

  • Online Tickets - Coming Soon!

  • In person at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Box Office, Monday-Friday 8am-6pm (500 Glen Ave. Salisbury, MD 21804)

  • By Phone at 410-548-4911

Daily Admission will be sold at the gate: $10 Adults / $5 Youth (11-18) / Under 11 Free

The Governor’s Challenge Holiday Basketball Festival is not a Board of Education sponsored event. Teachers, administrators and other school employees are not entitled to free admission.


Fans will have the opportunity to participate in multiple contests and activities throughout the day each day (more information coming soon on this)!

  • High School Slam Dunk and Three Point Contests, Fan Entertainment Zone – video games, basketball shooting arcade games, etc.