Azalea City to Host Celebrity Basketball Game for Mental Health
HOOPS and Beyond The Hardwood Inc. is joining forces with local community leaders and professional athletes to bring a mental health and sports symposium to Valdosta.
On June 24 and 25, NBA Hall of Fame Alumni and former Philadelphia 76er, Jumaine Jones ( #33 ) and South Georgia LEADS Graduate and Community Leader, A. C. Braswell will host a few of their NBA and NFL friends for a Mental Health and Sports Symposium and celebrity basketball game
These events are meant to raise awareness to the importance of erasing the stigma of mental health and raise funds to connect those in need with mental health resources.
The Mental Health and Sports Symposium will be held at The Performing Arts Center on June 24 at 6:00 P.M.
Former NBA Stars, Lamar Odom, Jumaine Jones and Milt Palacio and 2x Super Bowl Champ Anthony Smith will be on the panel.
The Mental Health Panel will also feature Valdosta State Blazers Coach Tremaine Jackson, Coach Shelton Felton of Valdosta High School, Dr. Demetria Cannady of Work In Progress LLC and Michelle Girtman, Director of The Haven.
There will be over 20 former professional players in attendance.
The celebrity basketball game will take place on June 25 at 7:00 P.M. The game will feature Lamar Odom, Jumaine Jones, Joe Smith and more at the new Valdosta High School.
Top Alumni from Valdosta and Lowndes High school will compete in the game as the Winnersville All-Stars . There will also be a dunk contest.
A portion of the game proceeds with support Greater Valdosta United Way.