The NBA lockout may cancel the 2011-2012 season, but it isn’t stopping at least 33 pro basketball stars from hitting the court to raise money for President Obama and Democrats.
The first-ever “Obama Classic” — an exhibition game — will raise money for the 2012 campaign on Dec. 12 In Washington, D.C., according to an Obama campaign fundraising website. The venue has not yet been determined.
Ticket prices start at $100 for younger “Gen 44″ supporters, are $200 for general admission, $500 for “premium” lower deck seats and $5,000 for courtside seats, the website says.
The money benefits the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising account that funnels cash to the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
The event was first reported by Ric Bucher of ESPN The Magazine.
Athletes confirmed to attend include Ray Allen, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Both, Vince Carter, Tyson Chandler, Jamal Crawford, Kevin Durant, Baron Davis, Patrick Ewing, Derek Fisher, Rudy Gay, Blake Griffin, Tyler Hansbrough, Dwight Howard, Juwan Howard, Antwan Jamison, Dahntay Jones, Brandon Knight, Kevin Love, Jamal Mashburn, Cheryl Miller, Reggie Miller, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, Chris Pail, Quentin Richardson, Doc Rivers, Steve Smith, Jerry Stackhouse, Amare Stoudemire, Tina Thompson, John Wall and Russell Westbrook.
Last month, Rivers, Howard, Carter and Ewing, and other past and present NBA stars, turned out for an exclusive private Obama fundraiser in Florida.
“I want everyone to know I’m a fourth-quarter player,” Obama told the crowd of athlete-donors at the time. “I don’t miss my shots in the fourth quarter.”