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Donovan McNabb headlines High School Cube Draft Day

Donovan McNabb

Donovan McNabb

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Updated: July 22, 2013 11:22AM



Donovan McNabb knows a little about draft days.

Coming out of Syracuse, he was the No. 2 overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft behind Tim Couch. The grad of Mount Carmel High School in Chicago went on to a prolific professional career, living up to his high draft status.

Now, McNabb will be lending his presence to another draft: High School Cube Draft Day.

The event, scheduled for Wednesday at Chicago Cut Steakhouse, will wrap up the process of bringing together businesses and Chicago-area high schools for the 2013-14 school year.

It’s a two-part approach that includes silent and live auctions of sponsorships for schools’ coverage on HighSchoolCube.com and the High School Cube News websites.

The silent auction — which began July 12 and closes at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday — covers sponsorships of 136 schools ranging from the Rockford area in the northwest to Kankakee in the south.

At stake at the live auction — set for July 24 at Chicago Cut Steakhouse — are sponsorships for the 40 most active High School Cube school channels, covering schools from the city and every part of the suburbs.

High School Cube president Kevin Doyle and Wrapports CEO Tim Knight expect both auctions to be spirited affairs.

“High school sports are wildly popular in all of the communities we serve,” Knight said. “High School Cube enables our advertisers to connect with a hyper-local audience composed of fans, athletes and parents in a unique and effective way.”

Doyle believes the sponsorships are a win-win situation.

“It’s a great way for the sponsors of the school channels to directly connect with the people in their communities,” he said.

And in these days of tough financial sledding for many school districts, High School Cube sponsorship has another benefit.

Twenty percent of the advertising revenue generated by the channels will be returned to the respective schools.

“We’re hoping to generate as much as $500,000 in revenue to give back to the schools,” Doyle said.

It starts, like McNabb’s pro career, with draft day.

“We’re having this event and getting everybody together to celebrate all that’s good about high schools,” Doyle said.



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