ARS/Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest (Tampa) kicks off this weekend at Berkeley Prep w/ a LOADED Lineup

The ARS/Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest (TAMPA) is set to take place Friday, February 1st through Saturday, February 2nd at Berkeley Preparatory in Tampa, Florida.

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The multi-city basketball tournament (D.C., Dallas, Memphis, Tampa) is designed to match National recognized basketball programs against some of the area’s top teams. The ARS/Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest also serves as a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital- in their initiative to give back – “because this is much bigger than basketball.”

This year, ESPNU will televise one of the most anticipated matchups of the year, Oak Hill Academy (VA) vs Montverde (FL) at 4:30pm Eastern Time.

“The tournament is a unique opportunity for people to see the nation’s best talent in a series of games- Travis Haddock (Event Director). With over 20 ESPN ranked high school prospects gearing up to play this weekend in Tampa, I would have to admit, this is definitely a lineup of the Nation’s best.

 

Click link to watch full games and highlights on BallerTV Live Stream:  ARS National Hoopfest Live Stream

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Friday, Feb 1st @ Berkeley Prep

5:00pm: Orlando Christian Prep vs Tampa Prep

6:30pm:  Huntington Prep (WV) vs Berkeley Prep

8:00pm: Montverde Academy vs IMG Academy (post grad)

 

Saturday, Feb 2 @ Berkeley Prep 

11:00am: St. Pete vs West Oaks

12:45pm: Tampa Catholic vs The Village

2:30pm: Berkeley Prep vs University School

**4:30pm Montverde Academy vs Oak Hill Academy (ESPNU game)**

6:00pm: Oak Ridge vs Huntington Prep

*** To purchase tickets click link: ARS National Hoopfest TAMPA

For more information email: HaddockSports@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

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++WE DO IT FOR THE CULTURE++ Cultural Movements: A new strategy of marketing for brands.

+++WE DO IT FOR THE CULTURE+++

As we enter into the new era of “We Do It For The Culture”, we’re entering into the age of uprisings, activist, movements – driven by individuals with passion and will, and even more commonly seen, millennials.  These individuals harness the power of influence through their non-traditional marketing, their voice, and their cult like following via social media. Having this direct impact to the massess, has opened up the doors to what we call “Cultural Movements”

So what is a cultural movement?

Cultural Movements inspire brands to turn their innovation into revolution, they can catapult brands into the stratosphere and they really can make a positive difference in the world today.

A Cultural Movement is a completely new way of marketing. You start by identifying a powerful idea on the rise in culture usually created by a millennial. You then join, fuel and add real tangible value to the idea through innovative marketing and social media. People who share the passion for the idea will join the cause and rally others to get involved too. From there a movement is born, which smart brands can profit om.

Example of this would be “Jelly Fam”- Click here to read the background story http://thelab.bleacherreport.com/jelly-fam-new-york-city-basketball-isaiah-washington/

Traditional Marketing vs Movement Marketing

Traditional marketing and advertising begins with a product. Cultural Movements don’t. You start with culture first – it’s what’s happening out there that is relevant. From there, you look at the customer – what they’re into, what they’re passionate about1? Only then do you link this back to the brand or purpose in a relevant and open way. Traditional marketing does the opposite – it starts with the product, then talks to the customer. There’s no interaction, no opportunity.

Cultural Movements are about ideas on the rise in culture, about emotion, and creativity – they do not start with products. But what is clever about them is that people will automatically ‘buy into’ the brand by being part of its Cultural Movement. Because a Cultural Movement should always be intelligently connected with the product and what it stands for.

A Cultural Movement begins from the inside out, from the heart of the brand. Once the movement begins, each great idea leads to the next. Engagement leads to engagement, motivation leads to motivation and a brand goes from “zero to a hero”. Every marketing dollar under a Cultural Movement works harder, faster and lasts longer.

WE DO IT FOR THE CULTURE

 

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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 .

 

For media credentials, please email Nina Zavala at NinaZavalaGroup@gmail.com

 

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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