Chris Paul hosted the third annual TopSpin Celebrity Charity Ping Pong Tournament this weekend!
According to NBA.com, the event was held at Lagasse Stadium in The Palazzo in Las Vegas, with the proceeds going to the Chris Paul Family Foundation, TopSpin and Jump for Joy. All of these organizations work towards helping children.
“It’s amazing,” Chris said. “It’s a lot of fun, and everything I do is geared toward kids. I’m just very thankful to be able to do an event like this. Palazzo’s been amazing, as well as all the celebrities and people who come out to give back, raise money and have a good time.”
Several NBA players came out to support the event, including Eric Gordon, Willie Green, Paul Pierce, Nerlens Noel, Al-Farouq Aminu and CJ Watson. Former NBA players also attended, including Sam Cassell (who ended up winning the event!), Jerry Stackhouse and Steve Smith, as well as Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson. Even Hall of Famer Julius “Dr. J.” Erving also made an appearance.
The event, though still competitive, was all in good fun and really for the kids. “It’s a great event being put together for the kids,” Nerlens said. “Being out here and seeing them, putting a smile on their faces, it’s a great thing going on. Everything Chris has done for the league and kids all around the league, he’s done a lot and influenced a lot of people.”
Some information about the sponsoring organizations:
- TopSpin seeks to provide necessary resources for underserved youth to succeed in school and beyond.
- The Chris Paul Foundation strives to impact the communities it serves by using its resources and passion for philanthropy to enhance and promote education, health, sports and social responsibility.
- Jump For Joy’s mission is to fight childhood obesity by teaching kids how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the benefits of exercise and proper nutrition.
These are all positive organizations with steadfast missions to assist kids. It’s great that this ping pong tournament was able to give back to them!
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