Essence Festival and Master P Partner for First-Ever Charity Celebrity Basketball Game

Time Inc.’s Essence Festival® presented by Coca-Cola® will partner with Team Hope NOLA, a foundation started by Hip Hop Mogul Master P benefiting New Orleans youth through basketball and community driven events, by hosting a one-of-a-kind celebrity basketball game as part of the previously announced “Day of Service” activation. Players will include celebrities Ray J, Trey Songz, Terrence J, Romeo Miller, Mystikal, and Curren$y, along with former NBA players Chris Jackson, Robert Pack, Caron Butler, Ben Gordon and more.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our Day of Service partnership with Master P and Team Hope Nola with the Festival’s first-ever charity basketball game,” said Joy Profet, General Manager of Essence. “Master P and Team Hope Nola have enlisted an incredible star-studded lineup who are eager to use their platform in effort to raise funds that will continually support New Orleans students with the necessary tools to enable future success.”

The charity basketball game will take place on June 29th, 2017 at 4PM at the Xavier University of Louisiana Convocation Center in New Orleans, LA. Tickets will be open to the public and priced at $25.00 for General Admission and $100.00 for courtside seats. Funds raised from tickets sales will benefit the previously announced scholarship fund developed by Essence and Team Hope NOLA to benefit New Orleans youth. 

“I reached out to some of my colleagues and friends and told them what we are doing to help raise money for the children in New Orleans and the response has been overwhelming,” said Percy “Master P” Miller. “It is extremely important to be able to help the young people from my hometown – these children are challenged with so much. This is just my way of giving back and we can have some family fun doing it,” continued Miller. 

Players for the Festival and Team Hope Nola “Day of Service” Celebrity Basketball Game include

        Master P

        Trey Songz

        Romeo Miller

        Silkk The Shocker

        Ray J

        Terrence J

        Trombone Shorty


        Doug E Fresh


        Anthony Mackie

        Raymond Brothers


        Kidd Kidd


        Jacoby Jones

        Young Joc

        Former NBA Players: Chris Jackson, Robert Pack, Caron Butler and Ben Gordon


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