SNOW HILL, Md. – Celebrities from famous athletes to artists walked down a red carpet and dribbled their way onto the basketball court, and it’s all for a good cause. “If I can just make a difference in a few kids lives, I know we’re going to impact so many,” says celebrity bodyguard and event organizer, Adriano “Bubba” Almony.
Almony pulled together a celebrity basketball game in the hopes of bringing awareness and raising money for bullying and cancer prevention. “When he said he was putting this event on I said, you know what, that’s perfect, I need to go ahead and get out there and do it because it’s gonna bring awareness to it,” says William Bullard, athlete and former Harlem Globetrotter team member.
Between athletes, artists, to local celebrities like Fernando Guerrero, the basketball game and fan fest gave an opportunity for kids to interact with celebrities who were once in their shoes. “I don’t see myself as a celebrity, I don’t see myself as this guy, I’ve always been humbled and just here to have fun,” says Bullard.
Some celebrities featured at the event included, Dr. Khalilah Camacho-Ali, Muhammad Ali’s former wife. Sgt. Push-up, Terrance West, Terrel owens, Jacoby jones, players from the Harlem Globetrotter and many more were about of the celebrity basketball game. “When they see an event of this caliber come to a small town of snow hill, there’s no adjective you can place on how powerful that is and it’s just a blessing,” says Almony.
We’re told, although the event was filled with autographs, fun, games, and food, the bigger message was how much of an impact these celebrities and local heroes can have on not just the youth, but everyone. “You wake up to being kind to people and that’s a circle that comes back to people and that’s where it starts,” says Worcester County Sheriff, Matt Crisafulli.
We’re also told, this is only the beginning of the change Almony and his friends, are trying to make. “Our goal is that every child that will leave here, feeling empowered,” says Sheriff Crisafulli. Almony adds, “If I can just impact a few kids a few parents a families that are maybe in the urge of giving up or on the verge of losing hope.”
Almony also tells 47 ABC, he hopes to continue doing this every year, making it a tradition and continuing to bring the community together.
Town officials declared August 28th, Bubba Almony day in the town of Snow Hill, Md.
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