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Posted on: December 1, 2021

Inaugural 'In the Water Basketball Battle' Announced by Dept of Parks and Rec, Pr. Geo. County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 1, 2021

Media Contact: Angel Waldron, 301-446-3311



M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County Announces Inaugural 

In the Water Basketball Battle 

Experience the best of high school basketball in the region



Riverdale, Md - The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County is bringing together some of the best basketball programs in the region. The inaugural In the Water Basketball Battle will be hosted at the prestigious Show Place Arena & Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Md. Experience elite girls and boys high school basketball during this holiday season. 

“We wanted to give our Prince George’s County Public Schools an opportunity to play in an arena in their home county, not just at their school gyms or when they travel to a tournament,” said Tommy Paolucci, Division Chief for the Youth Countywide Sports Division of M-NCPPC. “We have this great facility, we’ve done a lot of upgrades to it, but it hasn’t been regularly utilized specifically for the sport of basketball, which it can be,” said Paolucci. 

Watch talented boys’ and girls’ basketball players from Prince George’s County, Washington D.C., Howard County, and Anne Arundel County battle it out on the court. The tournament includes five games per day, starting at noon December 28, and 1:30 pm on December 29. 

WHAT: In the Water Basketball Battle


WHEN: Tuesday, December 28 – Wednesday, December 29


WHERE: The Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro, Maryland  


COST: One-day adult general admission $15. One day youth general admission $5. 

Two-day all tournament pass $25.


High school students with youth tickets must show their student ID at the door. Purchase tickets in advance here


About the Department
M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation delivers an award-winning park system through progressive, innovative leadership and a commitment to the community and the environment in Prince George’s County. For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit and stay connected on FacebookTwitterPhotoShelter, and Instagram. The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation. 



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