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2003: JRF Celebrity Weekend – Sunday

June 24, 2008

sunday_main.jpg2003 – The highlight of The Jalen Rose Foundation Celebrity Weekend was
Jalen’s All-Star Charity Basketball game on Sunday, August 17, at the
United Center. The star-studded event drew over 15,000 fans to watch
their favorite NBA players including; Ricky Davis, Quentin Richardson,
Corey Maggette, Carmelo Anthony, Eddy Curry, Tyson Chandler, Jamal
Crawford, Paul Pierce, Bobby Simmons, Donyell Marshall, T.J. Ford,
Juwan Howard, Maurice Taylor, Howard Eisley, Dale Davis & Chris
Webber. Jalen kept himself in the giving mood on the court as he dished
out a game high 16 assists while Ricky Davis led all scorers with 52
points.

Cedric the Entertainer, Ice Cube & LisaRaye all stopped by the
all-star game to serve as honorary coaches. They used strategic plays
to keep the high scoring game close, with the red team defeating the
white team in the end. R&B sensation ASHANTI made a special
appearance at halftime to sing her #1 single, Awww baby…

Special quest appearances and performances also included Chicago Idol
winner, Maurice Mahon, Chicago Idol runner-up, White Boy, Trinity
United Church of Christ Teen Choir, along with United Center favorites
the Luvabulls, Bucket Boys, Acro Squad and IncrediBulls.

Prior to the game, the Professional Basketball Writers Association
presented the annual Magic Johnson Award to Jalen for the 2002-03
season. The Magic Johnson Award is given to the NBA player who best
combines the attributes of Hall of Famer Johnson: Excellence on the
basketball court, cooperation with the media and public and community
service.

The Jalen Rose Foundation raised over $100,000 throughout the weekend
and proceeds will be donated, on behalf of the Jalen Rose Foundation
(JRF), to The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Special Olympics
Illinois, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Chicago Public Schools
and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, making a positive impact
on thousands of lives. 
Following the game, fans were invited to attend the Players’ Dinner
Party at Dave & Buster’s and then Chromium Nightclub to wrap the
weekend.

Photos By: Omara Fonseca & Bill Smith