*Orlando – The Mothers of Professional Basketball Players (MPBP) square off against the Professional Football Players Mothers Association (PFPMA) in the first-ever “Hoopin’ for Health” Charity Basketball Game on Saturday, August 7 at 6 p.m. at Olympia High School in Orlando, Fla. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the United Negro College Fund.

The charity game will be held during the 2010 MPBP Annual Conference, scheduled for August 5-8 in Orlando, Fla. Tickets for the game are $10 and available now in advance through the UNCF Office (1080 Woodcock Road, Suite 280, Orlando, Fla. 32803) and Hope Church (Columbia Street and John Young Parkway) or at the door on game day. For additional ticket information, please call the UNCF Office at (407) 896-6940.

Orlando basketball stars Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis and former pro football stars Eddie George and Kenard Lang will serve as game referees. Former Pittsburgh great Jerome “The Bus” Bettis will provide commentary during the game.

In addition to raising money for the United Negro College Fund, both organizations are uniting in the mission to inspire women of all ages to become more active and mindful of weight related illness such as heart disease.

“We invite the Orlando community to come out and support our efforts in this worthy endeavor,” said Flo Allen-Hopson, MPBP Regional Representative/Conference Host Member & Mother of Boston Celtics Player Ray Allen. “In addition to playing in the game, mothers will serve as cheerleaders and there is fun game entertainment for the whole family planned throughout the evening. We are very appreciative of the contributions of the Orlando Magic organization.”

Led by Coaches Lucille O’Neal (mother of Shaquille O’Neal) and Marie Jackson (mother of retired player & current ABC commentator Mark Jackson), the MPBP team features Robin Paul (Chris Paul), Sheryl Howard (Dwight Howard), Flo Allen Hopson (Ray Allen) and Lisa Randolph (Anthony Randolph).

Players on the PFPMA team include Char McNabb (Donovan McNabb), Cheryl Foster (Deshaun Foster), Chris Johnson (Larry Johnson), Sirreta Williams (Laveranues Coles), and Nancy Jones (Dhani Jones). The PFPMA team is led by Reggie Wells, Sr.

As the unifying body for mothers of current and retired professional basketball players, the MPBP hosts an annual conference each year and is guided by the leadership of President Lucille O’Neal. With a renewed commitment to service and the greater good of the community, this year’s conference will also include General Session Meetings, Mom’s Rookie Camp, Welcome Reception, Social, the popular Group Photo and the annual Fashion Show coupled with the “Crown Affair” Sunday Brunch. The fashion show, produced by Saks Fifth Avenue Florida Mall and Kim McNair Productions, benefits the Florida Hospital Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. During the brunch, Shannon Allen, wife of Ray Allen, will be honored for her work with juvenile diabetes.

MPBP signifies a collective strong body of women who are the unifying components that represent the connection to the real world and the world of professional basketball. Its mission obligates members to support the various communities where their sons and daughters live, work, and play. As the National Basketball Association (NBA) continues to send the message, “The NBA Cares” it is MPBP’s intention to exhibit the same attitude with acts of caring and philanthropy. MPBP strives to invest in the human soul through its charitable works and fundraising efforts.

Last year, MPBP donated $30,000 to the University of Las Vegas Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach Program. In 2008, the organization donated $30,000 to the Orlando Boys & Girls Club.

Tamara Young, Miles Ahead Entertainment
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