This past Saturday, August 1st Delaware-based non-profit Duffy’s Hope, founded by former Harlem Globetrotter Allen “Duffy” Samuels, presented its 13th Annual Celebrity Basketball Game in the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware.
Fans and supporters enjoyed a fun-filled evening of friendly competition between celebrities, local community leaders and former basketball players. Celebrities players and honorary were Yazz the Greatest (of hit TV show “EMPIRE”), Diggy Simmons (Recording Artist), Sevyn Streeter (Recording Artist), Tristan “Mack” Wilds (Recording Artist, former star of “The Wire” and “90210”), Jay Ellis (of TV show “The Game”), Bobby V (Recording Artist), Trevor Jackson (Recording Artist, Disney Actor), Kap G and Shameik Moore (Recording Artists, Actors in movie “DOPE”), Kamil McFadden, Trinitee Stokes and Veronica Dunne (of Disney show “KC Undercover”).
Prior to tip-off, VIP ticket holders were able to experience a private celebrity meet and greet receiving autographed paraphernalia and exclusive selfies with the celebrity guests. During halftime local dance troupes performed center court, entertaining the crowd while players were able to rest from an intense first-half. One of the main highlights of the halftime was the presentation of awards to the first annual Duffy’s Hope Hometown Heroes.
These select group of individuals were born in Delaware and have amassed success in their respective fields. This year’s Hometown Heroes were: Jaunice Sills (Director at REVOLT), Heather Lowery (Founder of Agency for Artists), LaQuan Smith (Celebrity Fashion Designer), Stephen Rider (Actor, “The Butler”), Maria Chacon (Corporate Brand and Sr. Marketing Manager at The Chemours Company), Dr. Jason Lowery (Bio-Chemist), Dr. Ellen Pritchett (Dermatologist) and Ashley Deadwyler-Jones (State Farm Owner). After a competitive game, the White team led by Coach Sevyn Streeter took home the 2015 win.
Sponsors of the event included the Delaware Prevention Coalition, Hilton Hotel (Wilmington/Christiana), Wilmington University, City of Wilmington – Mayor Dennis P. Williams, Reebok, Moneyball Sportswear, Pepsi Bottling Company, Wawa and New Castle County Executive – Thomas P. Gordon.
PHOTO CREDIT: NewsJournal/Saquan Stimpson, Color of Life Photography/Andre’ Wright JR, Instagram, NewsJournal/Andre Smith, Gary Johnson & NAZCA/Ed Grobes
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