Moore's favorite memory from the McDonald's All-American game
I caught up earlier with Delone Catholic basketball star Sierra Moore, who today was named Pennsylvania's Class AA player of the year. I asked Moore, who last week played in the McDonald's All-American game in Chicago, what her favorite part of the trip was.
Her answer wasn't what you might expect. Moore didn't talk about playing in the cavernous United Center or getting to meet a few dozen of the nation's top high school basketball players.
Rather, she referenced the players' trip to the Ronald McDonald house, which receives the proceeds from the game.
"Makes you feel so much more priviliged and honored and play basketball," Moore said. "Because you know these kids will never get to play because of their illness."
So what do a group of young kids and a horde of high school hoopsters do for a few hours? Moore said they made cookies, did some arts and crafts and, of course, played basketball.
It may not be the sort of activity that comes to mind when you think of an event with all the hype and national attention of the McDonald's All-American game. But it left an impression on Moore nonetheless.
As did the game itself, which served as an exclamation point of sorts on Moore's incredible career. She's the YAIAA's all-time leading scorer with 2,595 points.
"It’s sinking in," Moore said of her accomplishments with the Squirettes. "But the best one out of all of it was just playing in the McDonald's All-American game. That was something I’ll never forget."