LA Clippers star, Matt Barnes and rapper, Snoop Dogg hosted the 1st Annual Athletes vs. Cancer Celebrity Flag Football Game at Pacific Palisades Charter High School. Tons of celebrities and athletes came out to support the fight against cancer!
Celebrity attendees included: Ray J, Blake Griffin (LA Clippers), Deandre Jordan (LA Clippers), Mike Epps, DJ Quik, Rodney Peete, Quinton Aaron, Metta World Peace (NY Knicks), Red Grant, Daphne Wayans, Victor Ortiz (Boxer), Octavius Johnson (Ray Donovan), Matt’s wife, Gloria Govan-Barnes, her sister, Laura Govan and many more.
Athletes vs. Cancer is a fundraising, charity organization founded by Matt Barnes in memory of his mother who passed away from cancer in 2007. “We just changed our mission and now we’re working with children and teenagers that have been struck by cancer. You know, to just bring smiles to their faces. I teamed up with UCLA to make teenage, cancer units. They will be like dorm rooms and camps, so it will be a fun experience where they can play video games and hang out with kids their own age,” said Matt about the organization.
Snoop Dogg’s team won the game which came with a lot of gloating, but everything was all in fun. We caught up with Snoop at the end of the game to ask him about his own Youth Football League and he said, “Nine years, we’re up and running, we’re doing our thing. We got kids in high school, division 1, NFL. I was bred to do this.” On what keeps him motivated to keep the program running, he said, “The kids! The ones that are little, 5 and 6 year olds. The ones that want to play for me, that want to be coached by me. That loves football? That turns me on to hear a kid call me coach. That means more than anything.” Snoop definitely has a big heart. He showed just how big by literally taking the shirt off his back to give it to a child fan.
Tons of people came out to enjoy delicious barbeque, great music, sponsored beverages and a fun-filled football game. Lucky VIPs got a chance to come on the field for a meet and greet with the teams to get autographs and pictures. The event was a huge success and we can’t wait until next year! For more information visit Athletes vs. Cancer.