Tickets Still Available for Super Bowl’s Gridiron Celebrity Hoops Event, Featuring NFL...

Tickets Still Available for Super Bowl’s Gridiron Celebrity Hoops Event, Featuring NFL Greats and Hollywood Celebrities

The Star-Studded Charity Basketball Game, now in its tenth year, will Feature NFL Greats Terrell Owens, Brian Westbrook, Larry Fitzgerald, Jerry Porter, and Recording Artists Ne-Yo, Tank and Baby BashTicket Prices Start at $10


Phoenix, AZ–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – USNewswire)–February 1, 2008–On the eve of Super Bowl XLII(TM), top names in sports and entertainment will come together at Arizona State University, not just to celebrate the “big game,” but also to help a group of children across the country who desperately need their support.

Gridiron Celebrity Hoops—now in its tenth year—has become one of the most anticipated events of Super Bowl weekend. As the first and only charity basketball game to become officially sanctioned by the National Football League, this star-studded event offers a chance for NFL athletes to turn their attention off the football field, and onto important children’s issues.

Hollywood ‘A-listers’, streetballers, NFL mascots and cheerleaders will join professional athletes in an effort to help eradicate child abuse and neglect by promoting quality foster care and adoption programs.

Suiting up for this year’s game are Terrell Owens (Dallas Cowboys), Brian Westbrook (Philadelphia Eagles), Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals), Chad Johnson (Cincinnati Bengals) and Antoine Bethea (Indianapolis Colts), Jive recording artist Tank, Arista Latin recording artist Baby Bash, actor Christian Keyes, and ESPN’s City Slam Dunk Champion Skywalker, among others.

Half-time performances will feature American Music Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist, Ne-Yo. The eight-time Grammy Nominee, best known for his #1 single “Because of You”, has shown his dedication to at-risk and disadvantaged youth through his work in group homes with the Compound Foundation.

Part of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Junior Achievers Motivated to Succeed USA (Junior Achievers), whose mission is to enrich the quality of life of abused, abandoned and neglected youths who have been placed within the foster care system. Since its inception, Junior Achievers has been 100% dedicated to caring for children in need. When parents are unable or unwilling to keep children safe, Junior Achievers works with various family agencies to provide a safe haven and family-like environment. All young people need a stable, nurturing family and other enduring connections to grow and develop to their full potential. Each year, Junior Achievers selects an organization in the Super Bowl host city that serves the city’s abused and neglected children. Hundreds of these important and special kids will attend and participate at this year’s event as ball boys/girls, water boys/girls and youth ambassadors.

Gridiron Celebrity Hoops has raised over $500,000 for organizations and programs that share Junior Achiever’s mission to raise awareness of the child abuse epidemic and enhance the day-to-day living of extraordinary children in crisis who are facing many tough issues and life struggles.

“We want the entire diverse communities of Arizona to feel invited and welcomed to our event.” says event creator and producer, Juli M. Wyatt of Jam Sports & Entertainment. “We have priced our tickets affordably so that parents feel they can bring their whole family. Our event is exciting because fans can receive free autographs, and photographs from NFL players, actors and music artists, and be a part of the fun, sights and sounds of Super Bowl XLII. In celebration of our 10th year anniversary, we have tickets as low as $10.” Wyatt adds, “We have provided over 2,000 complimentary tickets to youths from foster care organizations, Indian reservations, and youth groups. We are honored to have them attend as our special VIP guests.”

The family-friendly hoops event will include an explosive slam dunk contest with world-renowned streetballers, a pre-game kickoff performance, an entertaining half-time show, interactive games, and chances to win Super Bowl XLII tickets and NFL merchandise.

To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Gridiron Celebrity Hoops, Dallas Cowboys’ Terrell Owens will be honored with the Jam Sports Icon Award for his participation in all 10 Gridiron Celebrity Hoops challenges.

Gridiron Celebrity Hoops became an official activity at Super Bowl XXXIII (Miami). Previous games have featured many NFL players including Vince Young (Titans), Santana Moss (Redskins) Ray Lewis (Ravens), Jason Taylor (Dolphins), Tony Gonzalez (Chiefs), LaDainian Tomlinson (Chargers), R.W. McQuarters (Giants), Deion Sanders and Emmitt Smith. Basketball greats such as Earl “Pep” Tyson” (Harlem World), Hugh “Baby Shaq” Jones, Springs and Pat Da Roc have all demonstrated their electric style of basketball wizardry, including jaw dropping, gravity defining skills and ball handling. Celebrities like Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, Carmen Electra, Snoop Dogg, Bow Wow, Nick Cannon and Jermaine Dupri have also come out for the action.

Event Details


Doors open at 5 p.m.,

Event – 6 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.



$250 for VIP floor seating and exclusively personally autographed commemorative items by NFL players (limited quantity)

Available at

Will Call Box Office Opens at 9:00 a.m. Day of Event


Arizona State University Wells Fargo Arena

600 E Veterans Way Tempe, AZ 85281

For information on group rates, corporate and VIP Hospitality, please contact Jam Sports & Entertainment at 301.868.8856.

For more information or press credentials, please email Isoke Nimmons or contact her via phone at (313) 433-3950.

Gridiron Celebrity Hoops, now in its tenth year, is produced each year by Jam Sports & Entertainment, LLC, which specializes in the marketing and management of sports events surrounding football, basketball, and golf. For more information visit

Tickets Still Available for Super Bowl’s Gridiron Celebrity Hoops Event, Featuring NFL Greats and Hollywood Celebrities