BANGOR, Maine (March 7, 2014) – This evening, the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches (MABC) presented its Media Award to William J. “Bim” Gibson. The award for outstanding coverage of Maine high school basketball was presented at the 2014 Maine McDonald’s® High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games awards banquet in Bangor, Maine.
“The MABC would like to thank Bim Gibson for his coverage of Maine high school basketball for more than twenty-one seasons,” said Mike Giordano, MABC President and Coach of the Scarborough High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team. “We are honoring Bim this weekend with MABC’s Media Award for his commitment to exceptional high school basketball reporting.”
Also honored at the MABC Awards Banquet were the Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Basketball Players, Regional Foul Shooting Champions, All- Star Coaches, members of the All-State Academic Team, the Maine McDonald’s Spirit of the Game Award recipients, Maine McDonald’s/Maine Red Claws Team of the Year Award recipients and the MABC Contributor Award honoree.
The 2014 Maine McDonald's High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games marks McDonald’s 26th consecutive year as lead sponsor of this event. This year’s games will be played at Newman Gymnasium on the campus of Husson University in Bangor on Saturday, March 8th. Game day tickets are good for all four Games and may be purchased at the door. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and children. More information is available at www.mainemcdonaldsbasketball.org
Net proceeds from the Games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of Maine. RMHC of Maine is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help Maine children and families lead happier, healthier and more productive lives. Since it was founded in 1989, RMHC of Maine has granted more than $2 million to local children’s programs that have made a measurable impact in our community. For more information visit www.rmhcmaine.org
In addition to underwriting the cost of planning and executing the event, the Maine McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association, a collaboration of 16 local Maine McDonald’s franchisees, works hand-in-hand with the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches and these major sponsors to make the event possible: Dr Pepper, Maine Athletic Fundraising, H.O. Bouchard Inc. Transportation, Hannaford, Hancock Lumber, McCain Foods, WLBZ-2, Bangor and WCSH-6, Portland. In-kind sponsors include Coastal T-Shirts, Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper, Hershey’s, Holiday Inn Bangor, Sign Shack of Maine and Bronson Audio/Visual.
William J. “Bim” Gibson
2014 Recipient of the MABC Media Award
Outstanding Basketball Coverage
William Gibson, better known as “Bim”, has been a fixture at Maine High School sporting events for more than 20 years. His energetic, upbeat reporting style brings out the best in high school athletes and sports fans, making his interviews informative and entertaining.
Since 1992, Bim has been the floor reporter for Maine Public Broadcasting’s MPA High School Basketball Tournament coverage, primarily at the Augusta Civic Center. His interviews with the winning coaches and players of semi-final and state final games, combined with half-time interviews with basketball fans, total an estimated 900 interviews over the years.
Known locally as the Voice of Edward Little Sports, Bim has announced all ELHS boys and girls home basketball games, as well as boys football and baseball games for more than 21 years.
Bim is also the author of two books. The History of Edward Little/Lewiston Basketball was published in 2009 with all proceeds supporting the Auburn/Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame. In 2013, he published The Battle of the Bridge, the History of Edward Little/Lewiston Football with book sales benefitting Edward Little H.S and Lewiston H.S. sports programs.
Since 1998, Bim has been an 8th grade history teacher at Auburn Middle School where he has also coached basketball. He is currently serving as the school’s Athletic Director. A 1979 graduate of Edward Little H.S., he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Maine, Orono, and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Southern Maine.