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(Image by: Leslie Andrews Photography) A welcoming atmosphere of community and family was present at John F. Kennedy High School this past Friday evening at the Celebrity Basketball Game hosted by T-Mo Entertainment.
The popular event was the runaway winner of the weekly Channel 10 News/Weather StreetCasts Event of the Week based on votes from the community.
Meteorologist Darla Givens was on hand broadcasting live from the event. She interviewed celebrity guest, Brijet Finister, the reigning Miss Black California for 2012, on the air as a part of her segment focusing on community events.
“It was pandemonium,” stated an enthusiastic Terry Moore, poet, community activist, and founder of T-Mo Entertainment immediately after the event.
“This was definitely the biggest T-Mo event with the most people we’ve ever had in attendance,” said Moore.
Moore went on to describe that his vision for the twice a year event is to provide a positive environment for the whole family to come out and enjoy themselves free of negative influences.
“There are an over-abundance of nightclubs and entertainment venues for adults,” explained Moore.
“T-Mo Entertainment is dedicated to filling the void in the community for fun events where the whole family can come out and have a good time at an affordable price,” said Moore.
Those who performed and participated in the basketball game volunteered their time to support the family friendly event.
The $3.00 admission price was charged principally to offset the expenses of renting the venue and paying for the required insurance. Children 12 years and younger were admitted in for free.
The evening featured a wide variety of participants from ages 2 years old to senior citizens who played in the games or and provided entertainment between quarters and during the halftime show.
(Image by: Othello H. Curry, 3rd) In addition to the little girls and little boys basketball games, some of the featured performers included the Sacramento High School Cheerleading Squad, the Nor Cal Youth Sports Cheerleaders, the Grant High School Drum Line, Tina B’s Soul Line Dancers, the Art of Teknique with Funky Fresh (hip-hop dancers), the Diplomatz dance team, and Marilynn Smith who sang the national anthem.
Also present were numerous vendors who offered something for everyone including home made food, bar-b-que, hot dogs, sweets, and treats.
Tables were also available for non-profit organizations to spread the word on their services as well as for a variety of vendors offering items such as jewelry, accessories, and makeup.
“I came out to see our folks at a family event having a good time,” stated motivational speaker and community activist Theodry Carruth.
“I’ve really enjoyed the game and watching the kids dancing and playing basketball during the breaks,” said Carruth.
Comedian and former Soul Train host Mystro Clark tended to the duties of emcee and served as the announcer for the game. D.J. Hustle (J. Elliot Leach) took care of the music inside the gym while D.J. Coy Vassell kept the atmosphere festive in the atrium by playing music in the atrium area.
The basketball game was a fast paced and well executed contest between the two evenly matched teams of local celebrities.
Retired Oakland Raider Rick Jennings served as the coach for the SWAT Team while former Sacramento King LaSalle Thompson coached the Ballers team.
Moore led the “SWAT” team and local singer and musician Tone Malone emerged as the driving force behind the “Ballers” squad.
Celebrity participants in the game included former radio personality Lee Perkins, poet BenOfficial, “the Great,” “Big Al Sams of V101.1 Radio, Kaleo Ross-lead singer for R & B group Hip Service, legendary 3-point shooter Brian Broadway, and Total Wrestling Federation Champion Jeremiah Grove, aka , “Jacc Movez.”
“It was a lot of fun and I had a great time tonight,” stated professional wrestler Jacc Movez, who participated in the game as a member of the Ballers squad.
Jacc Movez participated in the T-Mo Entertainment Celebrity Basketball game held earlier this year after his fans inundated Moore’s facebook page with requests that he play in the game.
“I love doing something for the community-anything I can do to help,” said Movez.
Tone Malone won the 3-point shooting contest held during half-time with a perfect 10 for 10 shooting performance from behind the 3 point arc. He walked away with a snazzy SWAC football jersey courtesy of Leatherwood Marketing.
The game was a close match with less than 10 points separating the two teams at halftime. As the fourth quarter passed its mid-way point, it appeared as if the SWAT team led by Moore would coast to victory protecting a comfortable 10 point plus lead.
In response, the Ballers team staged a ferocious comeback and managed to come as close as 93-91 as the game wound down during its final minute. The SWAT team caught a second wind thanks to a full court press defense and went on to win by a three basket margin.
“Terry put on a great basketball game,” stated Leon “Scrap” Gray, founding member of local band LSB (Love Somebody), who attended the game with his son Jason.
“We need more events like this for the community,” stated Gray. “Tonight was definitely as success.”
The Red Carpet Ladies Night Out at the Guild Theater is the next regularly scheduled T-Mo Entertainment event. It will be held on Saturday June 30 and the special guest host will be former Miss Black Sacramento, Akela Douglas.
Those who are interested in attending the event should contact Terry Moore well in advance at (916) 208-POET (7638) for more information or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase tickets.
(Image by: Othello H. Curry, 3rd)