Gridiron Celebrity Hoops
Date: Friday, February 11, 2022
Venue: Edward R. Roybal Learning Center Basketball Arena
(1200 Colton St, LA CA 90026 – Downtown LA)
Time: 5:00 PM PST (Pregame) | 6 PM (Tip – Off) – 8:30 PM PST
2022 GCH Participants
*Subject to change
RnB Artist and Actor
Pro Football Hall of Famer & Former NFL Wide Receiver
Rap Artist and Record Producer
Bachelorette Contestant & Former Harlem Globetrotter
Pat The Roc
Former Globetrotter & Owner of Pat The Roc Basketball Skills Academy
Singer, Songwriter, and Actor
CEO of HartBeat Productions & IWork4U Entertainment
Former NFL Wide Receiver, Actor, and Producer
Former NFL Pro-Bowler & CEO of The San Diego Warriors Freedom Football Team
10th Female Harlem Globetrotter
Rapper, Actor, and Podcaster
Singer, Writer, Vocal Producer
Recording Artist, Producer, Songwriter
Singer and Songwriter
Artist, Athlete, and Creative Director
SprngBrk fka A1 Bentley
Rapper, Producer, and Vocalist
Singer and Songwriter
Former NFL Strong Safety
TV Host, Actress, and Producer
Rapper and Actor
Gridiron Celebrity Hoops | The Last Dunk is uniquely positioned as the first and only celebrity basketball game to have ever become officially sanctioned by the National Football League. Independently produced exclusively by Jam Sports Productions, this preeminent event is where NFL players, prospective NFL draft picks, boxing champs, content creators, social media influencers, streetballers, and celebrities from music, television, film, and sports, get together for an electric game of competitive hoops. Football is #1 to us. But one of the favorites activities of pro football players is basketball! So, in 1998 we combined their interests into a once-in-a-lifetime experience to provide fans the Best of Both Worlds – their favorite football heroes playing in a competitive game of basketball alongside comedic commentary, fan-interactive games, honorary presentations, the celebration of Black History Month, contests, live entertainment and more.
We have been running this incredible charity basketball showdown for over 20 years. This 23rd year will be the final rendition of the game and we are affectionately calling it, “The Last Dunk”. It may be our last season, but it promises to be bigger and better than ever with lot of surprises!
Come bear final witness to a league of our own, NNB (Never Not Ballin’) and watch our version of the AFC team (American Foster Care) vs the NFC (National Foster Care). Two squads, one final trophy.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the 501(C)(3) foundation Juli’s Kids Motivated to Succeed, Inc. (affectionally referred to as Juli’s Kids). The children’s charity is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect, motivate, inspire, strengthen, empower, and enrich the lives of abused, abandoned, neglected, bullied and homeless children and teens, who through no fault of their own are placed in foster care, group homes, kinship care, homeless shelters, domestic violence centers or LGBTQIA+ teen residential housing in intentional communities.
We’ve got a story to tell. 23 years of service to the foster care community with the abundant assistance of celebrities, influencers, athletes, and trendsetters. It’s our turn to tell our story.
Dez Bryant jumps over fan for a slam dunk!
Jamie Foxx attending Gridiron Celebrity Hoops Seated Floor Side
Past Gridiron Celebrity Hoop Games
Celebrity/charity basketball game highlighted by fan-favorite activities:
◆ Celebrity/charity basketball game highlighted by fan-favorite activities & NFL-themed features
◆Pre-game activities and fun
◆Live entertainment, Red Carpet arrival, content creators interviewing celebs
◆Special salute to Black History Month emblematic of freedom, fortitude, bravery, and pioneering spirit
◆Crowd interactive games, free prize giveaways, and contests
◆Sponsor exhibits, photo booths, 360° slow-motion video and camera kiosk, customized activations, food, and merch vendors
◆Free celebrity photographs, autographs, jersey swamps, prizes, electronic gifts and giveaways
◆Cheerleaders, bands, and epic dance performances
◆Honoring of the influence of Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Terrell Owens, Ray Lewis, and other greats
◆Culinary experience created by an executive chef featuring healthy, and vegetarian selections for our VIPs
◆Special designed Super Bowl LVI collection, merchandise, and souvenirs
◆Gridiron Celebrity Hoops continues to be the premier all-star charity-basketball game that captures the sights, sounds and action of the many different facets of the NFL
As the Founder and Chairman of the Board for a 501(C)(3) IRS recognized children’s charity called Juli’s Kids Motivated to Succeed, Inc., affectionately referred to as Juli’s Kids, this purpose-mission is not business, its personal. Proceeds from these Big Game weekend events will benefit foster youth. I was placed in foster care when I was merely 3 years old and adopted out of foster care at age 5. So, this cause is extremely important to me, reliant upon by the other young kids who were also abandoned by their parents or rescued from their abuse, and beautifully revered by the celebs and social influencers who support the events year after year. I am proud to announce we have just been approved by the Walt Disney Company Social Responsibility Committee to be on their vetted list of charities selected for their Matching Funds Program.
Founded in 1999, Juli’s Kids mission is to motivate, inspire, strengthen, empower, and enrich the lives of abused, abandoned, neglected, bullied and homeless children and teens, who through no fault of their own are placed in foster care, group homes, kinship care, homeless shelters, domestic violence centers or LGBTQIA+ teen residential housing in intentional communities. The instability and disruption of family destroys young hearts, weakens their mental health, bruises their self-esteem, and diminishes their hopes and dreams. We plan on continuing to disrupt the foster care system, step in, rescue and love on our young Kings and Queens effectively and fully, because, unfortunately, the system is often failing them.
The events listed above will raise funds to build and cover yearly operating expenses for a new residential home, the Jordan Home for foster kids, to be a safe space for Los Angeles’ most vulnerable youth. After over two decades of supporting many wonderful children’s organizations around the world, Juli’s Kids has started the process of becoming a licensed children’s home and has begun the journey of drawing up plans to build and create a loving, nurturing community to keep foster kids from being bounced around and “lost” in the system. The instability and disruption of family destroys young hearts, weakens their mental health, bruises their self-esteem, and diminishes their hopes and dreams.
The Jordan House will provide compassionate stability and fierce protection. It is lovingly being built for the benefit of foster children so that we may teach, inspire, empower, and love them fully by connecting corporations, athletes, celebrities, philanthropists, medical professionals, and good-hearted everyday people who are like-minded in their desire to make a difference in the betterment of the life of a child.
We need your presence. We need your support.