WILLIAMSBURG — Alicia Lee's relationship with her grandparents is unlike that of most people.
Abandoned by her parents at birth, Alicia was taken in by Frank and Jean Lee, who spent the next 18 years raising Alicia and her half-sister, Elizabeth Wilcox.
The siblings found solace in athletics, as Frank Lee encouraged them to participate in all forms of sports. Basketball became their favorite.
Frank Lee died in December following an 8-month battle with leukemia.
Basketball will continue play a role in Alicia's healing process next month. She has been selected as the recipient of the 7th annual Virginia Gazette Full-Court Press Showcase.
On March 21, nearly 60 athletes from greater Williamsburg are expected to compete in a high school basketball showcase to raise money for Lee and her family. Over the years, the event has raised more than $30,000 for local students.
Lee hopes to go to college and pursue a career in music. On the basketball court she has been a key contributor off the bench for a Lafayette team that tied for second in the Bay Rivers District this season.
Frank and Jean Lee raised five children of their own before they became the primary caregivers for Alicia and Elizabeth. Jean, who works in the gift shop at Jamestown settlement, is also helping raise Wilcox's two young children.
Interest in Full-Court Press has been strong. Nearly 40 athletes have already signed up to compete in this year's event.
Among the list of performers include Hampton Roads Academy's Rachel Lia, who returns to defend her girls 3-point competition crown.
The boys field is also talented, led by standouts such as Warhill's Devonte Dedmon, Bruton's Lonnie Swinton and Walsingham Academy's Billy Barnes.
Bruton's Marcus Carter and Alexis Calloway won the two-ball competition last year and are among a strong group of duos already signed up.
The big event of the night is the slam-dunk contest, which will be graded by a panel of judges. Williamsburg Christian Academy's Xavier Green and Mike Duncan are among the competitors signed up to participate.
In connection with the showcase, several local restaurants will sponsor a "Dine-Out" promotion on Thursday, March 13. Fully 10 percent of each bill will go to benefit this year's event recipient. Participating restaurants include Season's, Zaxby's, 6 Crabs, Uno's, Aroma's and Antonio's.
In addition, a silent auction will be held March 10-14 at the Virginia Gazette offices. The public is invited to stop by and bid on merchandise. All proceeds will go to the student in need.
Want to go? Full-Court Press Showcase will be held Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at Walsingham Academy's Chismer Athletic Complex. Tickets are $5.
Harvey can be reached by phone at 757-345-2352.