The Nation's Top Girls Basketball Championship

From the Creators of the U.S. All-American Bowl on NBC and the McDonald's All-American Game on ESPN


The Ladies Ball

Top teams and head coach will officially be announced at formal press conferences.

Women’s basketball has grown drastically over the years in visibility, numbers of players, skill level, fans, and energy. It is time to celebrate that success, continue the momentum and promote the game from the grassroots level with an event created exclusively for girls basketball, The Ladies Ball. We’re creating the biggest, most celebratory weekend in girls basketball history. The Ladies Ball tournament provides girls a platform to showcase their ability to the world and grow their game.

This is where the past, the present and the future come together. This is where the new world of girl’s basketball will be created. When history calls, what will you do?


Kate McGuinness – Executive Director

A former public affairs executive in New York with Cablevision, a media and telecommunications company that owned the New York Knicks (NBA) and New York Liberty (WNBA), Kate has been working and impacting the national youth sports scene for more than two decades. Read more here.

Richard McGuinness – Chairman of the Ladies Ball

Rich has created and ran the biggest football event portfolio at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, which featured showcase events on CBS Sports Network and events in China, Europe and Mexico. Read more here.

Jay Orillaza - Partner / Chief Recruiter

A top point guard who has graced many tournament courts domestically and in the Philippines, “Jersey Jay” has been coaching top girls’ teams and athletes in the New York tri-state area. Read more here.

​Delaney Rudd – National Evaluator/Scout

​Coach Rudd has a diverse basketball pedigree with excellence at every level. A Wake Forest legend, who played professionally in Greece and France and an NBA career Read more here.

Mary Schrad – Director of Basketball Partnerships

As a “Trailblazer” inductee to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018, Mary has spent a lifetime contributing to the great game of basketball as a player, a coach, an administrator, a business leader, and a champion for the growth of women’s basketball. Read more here.

Marissa Holbert – Director of Media

A former baller and graduate from Sam Houston State with a degree in Mass Communications, Marissa created PassThaBall in 2010, a national game-changing media company that focuses on girls’ basketball and top brands that are investing in young women. Read more here.

Eddie “EJ” Tarpey - National Evaluator/Scout

A former Division I basketball player at St. Peter's College and Evangel University, Eddie “EJ” Tarpey has lived a life of basketball and uses basketball as a ministry to teach his passion and life-lessons to young athletes. Read more here.

Chris Kross – National Evaluator/Scout

A Chicago sports legend, Chris found his passion and love for basketball at St. Francis de Sales High School where he was a three-sport athlete. Read more here.

We would also like to recognize Bob Geoghan, our original Honorary Chairman of National Selection Committee.

Bob was a great inspiration to the game of basketball and a pioneer in the creation of high-level basketball events. The creator of the McDonald’s All American Game, Bob had more than fifty years of experience producing some of the biggest events in basketball. We were pleased that Bob's was able to share his wisdom with us and The Ladies Ball as the first Honorary Chairman of the National Selection Team. We miss Bob greatly. Read more here.

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Knoxville, TN 37915