Westwood, Ca – The 3rd Annual Athletes vs. Cancer celebrity flag football game was a success for all the right reason. Team Snoop took the victory this year 42-35 over Team Barnes. These two top stars Matt Barnes & Snoop Dogg brought together another great group of folks to participate in this event. This year back drop was the historical Drake Stadium on UCLA campus.
NBA Athlete, Matt Barnes of the Los Angeles Clippers, founded Athletes vs. Cancer in memory of his mother, Ann Catherine Barnes, who passed away twenty-six days after being diagnosed with four types of cancer in November of 2007. Ann’s passing was abrupt and devastating to her family and friends, which led Matt to wanting to prevent others from losing a loved one without having the opportunity to receive the knowledge and proper resources that can assist in early detection and thorough treatment.
In 2008, Matt launched Athletes vs. Cancer worldwide, teaming up with professional athletes and celebrities that shared his goal to educate and bring awareness to communities and to motivate people to get regular cancer screenings.
At the check in tables John Wall said, “I’m Going for the MVP!”. Then on field he displayed his fast break speed in first half flying by folks. Then late in first half like a true defensive back Wall came through with interception that made all the fans oohh. The crowd was entertained by Clipper Darrell handling the play by play with the live mike. Denver Nugget forward Kenneth Faried showed his ball skills with a catch over the outstretched hands of Kevin Durant. Faried was displaying his speed wearing high top basketball shoes with no cleats catching pass all over field and that 68 yard touchdown.
Both teams had a top quarterback to deliver darts to them during the game. Snoop’s team had Matt Leinart for away team, and Matt’s Team had Super Bowl winner Kurt Warner for Blue squad. First year game MVP Donte Gamble had another good game showing off his blazing speed for a touchdown in today’s game. Gamble is always Snoop’s secret weapon but by now folks know who he is on the gridiron.
Both teams played well, had fun and raised more awareness about fighting cancer. A few of today’s event sponsors were Adidas, Count On Me, TLC Los Angeles, Good Body, The Huddle Group, The Conga Room, Snoop Youth Football League, Elite Party Planners, Silky Socks, Datum Line, Maybach Music Group, Body Armor Super Drink, Silky Socks, and more….
Photos by Jordon Kelly