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BREAKTHROUGH ATLANTA’S 2ND ANNUAL CELEBRITY BASKETBALL GAME

BREAKTHROUGH ATLANTA’S 2ND ANNUAL CELEBRITY BASKETBALL GAME

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retired pros, coordinators, and event volunteers before VIP meet and greet.

Led by team captains Dikembe Mutombo and Dale Ellis, NBA all-stars came together at The Lovett School’s Murray Athletic Center to raise funds for Breakthrough Atlanta and kick off the organization’s summer session. BTA’s various academic programs provide college-prep, study enrichment for under-served middle and high school youth from across the metro area. The 2nd Annual Celebrity Basketball Game, a partnership of Aaron’s Inc., the National Retired Basketball Players Association and BTA, included a family fun zone organized by Aaron’s with outdoor sports, inflatable carnivalstyle games and a selfie station. An exclusive VIP mixer invited select attendees to meet the former pro players, including NBA All Star Shawn Marion, Courtney Alexander, Brian Oliver, Theo Ratliff, Patrick Ewing Jr., Mark Davis, Mario West, Jumaine Jones, Drew Barry, Willie Anderson and Anthony “Pig” Miller. Team Mutombo was coached by Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner and Team Ellis by local NBA trainer Mark Hughes. The festive day of basketball and philanthropy attracted nearly 100 attendees and raised approximately $10,000. – Jessica Wise

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Photos: Ninh Chau

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