It's not just a game featuring top Canadian Professional, College and University players, playing here, the States and worldwide...but it's a tremendous fundraising event for War Child Canada and the Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation(MPCF). Of course Clemons is well known due to his outstanding playing career and executive position with the Toronto Argonauts. It's called the Clash of the Charities and the shootout is a great way to bring awareness to both of these deserving causes/organizations.
Here's what War Child Canada is all about...
Founded in 1999, War Child Canada currently provides active support to numerous countries including Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone, through initiatives that benefit more than 100,000 children and their families annually. 90 cents of every dollar received go directly to programs overseas helping to create a world where no child knows war.
MPCF is the moniker for Clemons endeavor and here's some details about it...
The Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation is proud to have been chosen as one of the participating charities for the 5th Annual All-Star Charity Shootout to be held this June of 2010. This event provides our foundation the opportunity to raise much needed funds but also the ability to spread awareness for a few worthy causes that we have committed to support in the upcoming years.
At the Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation our vision is to quicken academic excellence, infuse depth of character, promote health and vitality, and inspire generosity in our youth.
Come July 17th, there will be a lot going on at the Tait Mackenzie gym on the York University campus...
Including the support of both charities plus a post free post-game BBQ which will conclude the festivities.
The War Child Canada squad will be coached by former York Men's basketball coach Bob Bain and features Lafayette University's Jared Mintz...and former Toronto All-Star Tristan Martin(PBL).
U of T's Mike Katz will helm the Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation team that features former York point guard Tut Ruach...Andre Wilkins of Cornell University and All-OUA forward Boris Bakovic from the Ryerson Rams.
The game should be a burner...as it showcases some of the best basketball talent that this country has and as a bonus does it's best to support both charities headlining the event!
Here is the ROSTER for the All-Star Charity Shootout!
The Shootout is sponsored by such corporations as VIA rail and Investors Group.
For more information go to http://www.allstarcharityshootout.com/.
They also have a Facebook and Twitter page as well!