Nationally Ranked High School Basketball Teams Will Go Head to Head in the 2018 @ARSRescueRooter National Hoopfest Dallas – December 14th & 15th

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2018 ARS/Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest (Dallas) benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The ARS/Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest returns to Dallas loaded with powerhouse programs who will go up against some of the top high school basketball teams in the D/FW area. This competitive multi-city high school basketball tournament has yet to disappoint, living up to its much anticipated hype….BUT this year, they’re taking this thing to a whole new level!

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DATE: Friday, December 14th
LOCATION: Waxahachie High School (3001 US Hwy 287 Bypass, Waxahachie, TX 75167)

6:30pm – Desoto vs IMG Academy (FL)
8:00pm – Waxahachie vs Huntington Prep (WV)

DATE: Saturday, December 15th
LOCATION: Waxahachie High School (3001 UD Hwy 287 Bypass, Waxahachie, TX 75167)

2:00pm – JJ Pearce vs Chicago Simeon (IL)
3:30pm – Lancaster vs Huntington Prep (WV)
5:00pm – South Garland vs Sunrise Christian (KS)
6:30pm – Denton Guyer vs DeMatha (MD)
8:00pm – Waxahachie vs IMG Academy (FL)

 

ESPN RANKED PLAYERS PARTICIPATING 

ESPN #9 Josh Green (IMG Academy)

ESPN #8 Tyrese Maxey (South Garland- Kentucky)

ESPN #12 N’faly Dante (Sunrise Christian)

ESPN #17 Jaemyn Brakefield (Huntington Prep)

ESPN #20 Hunter Dickinson (DeMatha)

ESPN #36 Noah Farrakhan (IMG Academy)

ESPN #18 Armando Bascot (IMG Academy)

ESPN #35 Earl Timberlake (DeMatha)

ESPN #52 De’vion Harmon (Denton-Guyer – Oklahoma)

ESPN #51 Malik Hall (Sunrise Christian)

ESPN #88 Lester Quinones (IMG Academy)

ESPN #60 Drew Timme (JJ Pearce)

ESPN #57 LaTrayvion Jackson (Sunrise Christian)

ESPN #25 JT Thor (Huntington Prep)

ESPN #49 Justin Moore (DeMatha – Villanova)

ESPN #74 Jalen Wilson (Denton-Guyer- Michigan)

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Layups2Standup & NBA MVP Russell Westbrook bring an evening of infamous comedy to OKC with the 3rd Annual “Why Not?? Comedy Show”

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Layups2Standup Announces 3rd Annual “Why Not?? Comedy Show”

Acclaimed comedian Demetrius “Juice” Deason and OKC Thunder’s very own Russell Westbrook will host an infamous evening of comedy with the 3rd Annual “Why Not?? Comedy Show”

Friday, August 17, 2018 (Oklahoma City, OK) – Layups2Standup, an innovative brand that channels the love of basketball and comedy to create community events, has announced the return of the “Why Not?? Comedy Show” hosted by renowned comedian Demetrius “Juice” Deason and NBA MVP Russell Westbrook. The event will take place Friday, October 26th at the iconic Tower Theater in Oklahoma City.

The inaugural “Why Not?? Comedy Show” was created to become a staple event in Oklahoma, kicking off the Thunder’s NBA season. In only its third year, the “Why Not?? Comedy Show” has emerged as one of the most anticipated events of the year. In addition to comedy and cocktails, proceeds of the comedy show will benefit Regional Food Bank Oklahoma – Food For Kids Backpack Program. Through the Backpack Program, the Regional Food Bank delivers pre-assembled food sacks and backpacks to participating schools at no cost to the school or the child. The food bags contain approximately 10 different purchased foods designed to provide nutrition and calories for chronically hungry children over the weekend.

“We are excited to be back, kicking off another Thunder season with the City of Oklahoma at the 3rd Annual “Why Not?? Comedy Show”- but I must say the nonprofit that we went with this year has really hit home,” said Comedian and Founder of Layups2standup Demetrius Deason. “It brings great joy to know our initiative in partnership with the Regional Food Bank Oklahoma plans to feed 180 kids through the Backpack Program, over a year time span…And that is what Layups2Standup, myself, and Russell are about!”

This years’ event is slated to be bigger and better, cultivating an evening of laughter and premiere entertainment with a diverse lineup of established and emerging comedic talent. With a star-studded red carpet lined with celebrities, professional athletes, corporate partners, and the “who’s who” of Oklahoma, “WHY NOT?” attend.

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 17th, 2018 at 10:00am (cst) and can be purchased here: Why Not?? Comedy Show Tickets

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About Regional Food Bank Oklahoma – Food for Kids Programs
One in four children in Oklahoma has inconsistent access to healthy food. The Regional Food Bank is working hard to end childhood hunger in Oklahoma by providing chronically hungry children with the meals they need today to help them thrive. More than 37 percent of the Regional Food Bank’s emergency food recipients are children. Last year, the Regional Food Bank saw a dramatic increase in the need for food assistance. For the first time ever, nearly 44,000 chronically hungry children were served through the Food for Kids Programs, a 17 percent increase.
Because there is a critical connection between childhood nutrition and cognitive and physical development, even nutritional deficiencies of a relatively short-term nature can negatively impact a child’s health, behavior and the ability to concentrate and perform complex tasks. Going without food can cause behavioral and psychological effects such as depression, aggression, anxiety and poor social skills in children. Food is the most essential school supply. Hungry children cannot learn.

The Regional Food Bank serves children directly through four programs in its Food for Kids Programs: Backpack Program, Kids Cafe, Summer Feeding and School Pantries. For more information: Regional Food Bank OKC Food For Kids

 

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#PressRelease NBA All-Star John Wall to Host 5th Annual Back to School Giveaway #JWFamilyFoundation – Media Opportunities Available

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 JOHN WALL TO HOST BACK TO SCHOOL BACKPACK GIVEAWAY

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WHO: John Wall Family Foundation WHAT: 5th Annual Back to School Giveaway
WHEN: Saturday, August 18, 2018 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
WHERE: The Salvation Army of Wake County 902 Wake Forest Road Raleigh, NC 27604
Raleigh, N.C. (August 13, 2018)

For the fifth consecutive year, NBA All-Star ​John Wall ​and the ​John Wall Family Foundation (JWFF) ​will host a Back to School Backpack Giveaway on Aug. 18. In the last four years, the JWFF has donated over 2,500 backpacks to students in the Raleigh, NC area. The foundation has partnered with the ​Salvation Army of Wake County​ to host this​ ​year’s event in Raleigh, NC. The event will be from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM​. 1,000 students from kindergarten through twelfth grade will receive ​backpacks filled with​ ​school supplies, such as pencils, notebooks, folders. Backpacks and t-shirts​ are ​courtesy​ ​of ​adidas​.
“We are proud to once again partner with the John Wall Family Foundation and would like to thank John and his foundation for their donation of book bags to our children,” said Sarah Ruiz, Program Director for the Salvation Army’s Community Center. “Our Children can return to school prepared to have a successful school year.”

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This year, the foundation has partnered with local businesses who have made in-kind donations to help support the Back to School Block Party. They are ​Bodyarmor, ​ ​Dometic, EA Sports, and KIND.

JWFF worked with various non profit organizations to select recipients for the Back to School giveaway. ​ Backpack recipients must have a ticket to receive a backpack and be escorted by a chaperone.

MEDIA: John Wall’s media availability will be at 10:30 a.m. Photo and video opportunities available. All media requests must be submitted to Candyce Jones at candyce@anchoredconsulting.com or 301.693.8242.

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About The John Wall Family Foundation: The John Wall Family Foundation strives to improve the quality of life for underserved families and to impact the lives of young minority males through mentorship, education and physical activity.

 

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Team BBC 2nd Annual Coat Drive in Association w/ Building Blocks for Our Children Inc. and Partnership w/ Spartan Sports & Wellness

Baltimore based youth basketball organization, Team BBC will be coordinating its second annual coat drive this winter in association with Building Blocks for Our Children Inc. and partnership with Spartan Sports & Wellness. Their goal is to collect 300 new or gently used coats, along with socks, blankets, hats, and gloves to distribute to the homeless in their effort to help keep the streets of Baltimore warm this winter.

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Last years event was a huge success with over 300 coats and other items being donated. The young men of Team BBC had the opportunity to make a difference in the community by giving out the items to hundreds of homeless people who were in need for a warmer winter.

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Team BBC is dedicated to enriching the lives of young men on and off the court. “It’s important that we teach our kids the importance of giving back to the community. We empower them to be better leaders on the court, in school, and in their community.” says, Director Jide Sodipo.

 

If you would like to assist Team BBC in their initiative to keep the homeless warm this season, you can make a drop off at the following locations:

Odenton Sports Center
8266 Lokus Rd. Suite 105
Odenton, MD 21113

Morrell Recreation & Community Center
2601 Tolley St. Baltimore, MD
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6pm-8pm

Spartan Sports & Wellness
10 South Hays Street
Bel Air, MD 21015

*** To make an online donation via paypal, click this link: Coat Drive Donation

 

For more information contact:

Jide Sodipo
Team BBC Program Director
Sodipojide@gmail.com
443.488.1900

 

 

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Highly Anticipated Performances Announced for the 2nd Annual “Why Not?? Comedy Show”

Layups2Standup has released the full comedian lineup and Emmy Award Winning hip-hop artist set to perform at the “Why Not?? Comedy Show” hosted by NBA MVP Russell Westbrook and Comedian Demetrius “Juice’ Deason

 

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 (Oklahoma City, OK)- The city of Oklahoma is gearing up for the highly anticipated “Why Not??” Comedy Show hosted by NBA MVP Russell Westbrook and comedian Demetrius “Juice” Deason. The two have teamed up to host an evening of laughter and premiere entertainment with your favorite stars of stage.
This years’ event is guaranteed to capture the spotlight with a star -studded red carpet lined with celebrities, VIP’s and the social set of OKC. The talented comedians slated to perform include Ray Grady of Kevin Hart’s “Next Level”, Tacarra Williams; mother, motivational speaker, and hilarious standup comedian who recently performed for Selena Gomez and The Weekend- while on a date, Ron Taylor, who can regularly be seen on BET, and renown comedian and show host, Demetrius “Juice” Deason.

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In addition to this impressive lineup, Emmy Award winning hip-hop artist, Jabee Williams will open up the “Why Not??” Comedy Show with a live performance. Jabee, a native to Oklahoma is known as one of the top influences in music and entertainment. His music has gained regional and national attention, and continues to speak positive volumes to his fans.
“Our mission with this event is cultivate an ambiance of laughter, camaraderie, and entertainment for the city. We are offering an all-encompassing experience for everyone including an organization we can give back to” says, Demetrius Deason – CEO of Layups2Standup

Oklahoma’s hottest Deejay, Kendrick Warren aka “YOameriKANdream” will be in the mix keeping the audience moving and entertained throughout the evening.

The “Why Not?? Comedy Show” will be an annual event for the city of Oklahoma, kicking off the Thunder’s NBA season. Each year a charity will be chosen as the beneficiary of event proceeds. This years’ beneficiary, YWCA Oklahoma is an organization that aims to helping and empowering women. Their services range from offering safe places for women who have suffered rape or domestic violence, job training, health and fitness, childcare, and counseling. For more information on YWCA Oklahoma, please visit http://www.ywcaokc.org.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at Ticket Fly or directly through Tower Theatre. For more information log onto http://www.layups2standup.com .

 

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ABOUT THE COMEDIANS
RAY GRADY is gaining buzz as one of the hottest rising comedic stars to watch. After starting his stand-up career in 2002, he made his first television appearance in 2006 on TV One’s Who’s Got Jokes. Since that appearance he showcased his Alpha Male brand of comedy BET Comic View, and Martin Lawrence Presents: 1st Amendment on Starz. Most recently, his half hour comedy special, Kevin Hart Presents: The Next Level, aired on Comedy Central. He’s also appeared on Adult Swim’s Black Jesus and landed his first Lead Role in Then There Was Joe, directed by USC Grad, Justin Warren, which is scheduled to debut in 2018.

 

TACARRA WILLIAMSs a comedian, mother, plus-size model, and Life Skills Coach for inmates in Men’s Central Jail who realized long ago that life is too short to be limited by the pessimism of others. She lives by the mantra, “You don’t have to choose, do it all…just be prepared to work hard”. She’s opened for the likes of Tony Rock, Deray Davis, and Bill Bellamy and has graced every major comedy stage in New York and Hollywood. In 2017 she was selected to be the only female ever to host the 1st Impressions Showcase at Chocolate Sundaes at the World Famous Laugh Factory. Look out for her on TruTV’s upcoming show, Laff Mobb.

RON TAYLOR- Standup comedian Ron Taylor is originally from Detroit MI, now living in Los Angeles. Getting his start in the mid-west Ron has done tons of shows eventually landing him on T.V. shows such as B.E.T’s “Live At The Apollo” and multiple appearances on Fox T.V.’s “Laughs”. Ron is now a regular host at the Hollywood Comedy Store for Crack Em Up Comedy!

DEMETRIUS “JUCIE’ DEASON – founder and CEO of Layups2standup was born and raised in the inner city of Los Angeles, California. Growing up Demetrius spent a lot of his time on the basketball court and was known amongst his teammates as “the kid who could make everyone laugh”. He developed an interest in comedy after his basketball career was cut short due to an injury. With some motivation from peers, Demetrius decided to take his comedic talent to the nect level and did his first stand-up show in 2013. After the success and positive feedback, he received, Demetrius knew that comedy was something he wanted to take serious.
Heavily influenced by some of the most respected comedians in the industry, including Richard Pryor; Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence, Demetrius’s comedy is centered around situations and people he encounters in real life. ”The audience enjoys my shows because I talk about things I’ve really been through and they can relate to that.” With his honest and unique style, Demetrius has gained popularity in the Los Angeles comedy scene which led to him founding his company Layups2standup in 2013.

 

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API Basketball Season kicks off with Live Concert from Bankroll Mafia featuring T.I. and More

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Advanced Preparatory International has put together an impressive Midnight Madness event with confirmed celebrities, music artist, and professional athletes, set for October 17, 2015

Dallas, TX. – One of the newest editions to the Private School community, Advanced Preparatory International is leading the nation with three of H.S. basketball top players. API will be holding their 1st Annual “API Midnight Madness” event which will showcase more than the hottest high school ballers in the country. Starting with API Boys Basketball Team vs API Staff and celebrity players. Trevon Duval, Terrance Ferguson and Billy Preston will lead the high school squad and allow the Dallas community to see what’s hot in the city.

IMG_2745The API Midnight Madness event also has some of music and sports industry’s biggest names taking part. Starting with global recording artist and TV Star “T.I.”. He and the BankRoll Mafia will entertain the crowd with a full concert and showcasing the music industry’s newest talent. Hometown favorite DORROUGH MUSIC will provide the “Halftime” performance during the Slam Dunk contest; which will be judged by NFL & NBA players. National touring dj “DJ DUFFEY” will wow the crowd by engaging them with her sweet blends of intoxicating mixes and sounds. In addition the evenings game and entertainment, the A.W. Brown Steppers will stomp the hardwood floor to a different rhythmic sound. Gelling all this madness together is none other than 97.9FM The Beat’s own “ROCK T”, who will be the evening’s Master of Ceremony.

Event Sponsor: Isaiah Austin’s “Dream Again Foundation”.
The Isaiah Austin Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides support for the awareness and research of Marfan syndrome and those affected by it.
Established in 2014 by Baylor University college basketball star Isaiah Austin, the Foundation will also support related disorders and other charitable causes.
Its mission is to inspire others to DREAM AGAIN

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What: API Midnight Madness
Where: Cedar Valley College, 3030 N Dallas Ave, Lancaster, TX.
When: October 17, 2015 | *Doors open at 6pm | Game starts at 7pm

API Vision: www.apiprivateschool.com
To be a world-class educational institution that guides students, both Nationally and Internationally, to their destinies through the areas of academics, athletics, personal character, college and career experiences, while utilizing a sustainable transformation model.
Accreditation and Acceptance:
Advanced Preparatory International is accredited by the National Association of Private Schools. Upon requirement completion, students will receive a diploma and transcript certified and bearing the seal of the National Association of Private Schools. API students join other students who have graduated from NAPS accredited schools to attend colleges and universities including: community, regional, state, and technical schools; military services; church and educational ministries; business ownerships; and the workforce.* API is the process of registering for the ACT/SAT testing programs and NCAA membership. High school graduation requires course completion that is aligned with the Graduation Requirements of the State of Texas.
Institutional Certification:
Advanced Preparatory International is recognized by the State of Texas as an educational institution and as a non-profit organization.