Category - Drew League

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Showbiz Kids hosts celebrity game and toy drive
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Power 106 hosts 3rd annual celebrity game at USC
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Thru The Lens: (DAY IN THE LIFE) S2; Ep2 – Draft Day – Delon Wright
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Celebrities come together to “Ball For A Cause” at Staples Center
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Andre Drummond celebrates UFC fighter’s birthday in Hollywood
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Battle of the West: The Drew League vs Seattle Pro Am
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Imperial Courts annual game honors Brandon Jennings and Mark Hill
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Drew League 2015: Week 12 – Semi-Finals (Sun)
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Drew League 2015: Week 12 – Semi-Finals (Sat)
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The Cassy Athena Collection

Showbiz Kids hosts celebrity game and toy drive

WWith the holidays quickly approaching, a lot of people are giving back to the community in more ways than one. Showbiz Kidz hosted a celebrity basketball game at Grant High School in North Hollywood. It also included a toy drive where the guests who came to watch the game had to donate a toy to get in! It was a good turn out and had the support of a lot of actors. The game ended with an exciting game winning shot to get everyone even more excited! Check out the photos below

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Power 106 hosts 3rd annual celebrity game at USC

PPower 106 hosted their annual Celebrity Basketball Game to benefit Homeboy Industries. The star studded event took place for the second year in a row at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles. Familiar faces included everyone from Chris Brown and his daughter Royalty, Tyga, Romeo, Kid Ink, Jeremih, Airdogg, DJ Eman, The Professor, Bone Collector, Travis Barker, Baby Bash, Nelly, Don Benjamin, Kalin and Myles, Zendaya, Rita Ora, Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell, Chanel Iman, Kendal Jenner and more!

Halftime included performances by everyone from Bobby Brackins & Zendaya to the Jabbawockeez

The game came down just a few points when Don Benjamin had a big block and a layup to secure their lead and ultimately get the win! It was a fun game for a great cause. Check out all of the pictures below!

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Thru The Lens: (DAY IN THE LIFE) S2; Ep2 – Draft Day – Delon Wright

CCassy Athena follows NBA 2015 Draft Prospect Delon Wright on his draft day. Delon graduated from the University of Utah and was projected to go in the first round. Instead of heading to New York to be present at the draft, his brother (NBA Player Dorell Wright) and agent set up a big party for him with friends and family in his hometown of Los Angeles. Check out his special day as he enters the NBA! *Check out the photo gallery below too!*

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Celebrities come together to “Ball For A Cause” at Staples Center

AAces in Action and the Venice Beach League came together to present a celebrity game at Staples Center for a charity game. The”Ball For A Cause” game took place immediately following the LA Sparks game on Sunday afternoon.

The game included a roster of celebrities, including Terrell Owens, Romeo Miller, Lil Fizz, Cameron Boyce and more. Streetball legends like Bone Collector, The Professor, Pat The Roc and Sik Wit It were representing as well. A lot of talented designers, actors, music artists, athletes and more came together for a day of fun and raising money. Check out the photos below!

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Andre Drummond celebrates UFC fighter’s birthday in Hollywood

FFriday night was a busy night for Hollywood – particularly at club Playhouse. NBA Star John Wall celebrated his birthday, as well as a live performance from Lil Wayne. The club brought in basketball stars and celebrities from all over the country.

This past week, the Detroit Pistons were in Las Vegas doing team bonding. One of their activities was training with UFC fighters (check out some of the Instagram videos below)

One of the UFC fighters, Kevin Lee (who is also from Detroit) just turned 23 and Andre Drummond brought him out to Hollywood to celebrate on Friday night. It was a lot of fun and there were so many people! Check out some of the pictures below!

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Battle of the West: The Drew League vs Seattle Pro Am

EElectrifying. Two of the most prominent NBA summer leagues face off against each other in a heated battle for bragging rights of the West. This was the first time two pro-ams got together since the NBA lockout in 2011. On August 28th, the Drew League cast of all stars featuring Baron Davis, Stanley Johnson, Trevor Ariza, Bobby Brown, Dorell Wright, Pooh Jeter, Malcolm Thomas, Dijon Thompson and Kwame Alexander made the trip to Seattle Pacific University to face off against the Seattle Pro Am, with guys like Isaiah Thomas, Jamal Crawford, Zach LaVine and Nate Robinson. Hours before tip off, the line was wrapped around the block and down the street.

The warm ups started off big, watching guys like Zach LaVine, Kwame Alexander and Stanley Johnson throwing down big dunks. However, once the game started, Jamal Crawford’s handles were on full display; while Bobby Brown’s hesitation moves seemed un guard-able. Players pulled all types of tricks out of their bag, like Nate Robinson going baseline through a defenders leg for an awkward backwards layup, or when  5’9″ Isaiah Thomas rejected 6’8 Trevor Ariza’s dunk attempt. The Drew League wasn’t short of their action shots – with Stanley Johnson and Malcolm Thomas doing monster dunks over players, or Baron Davis deciding to step down from coaching and join the game! There were some close calls and some questionable plays, but ultimately Seattle walked away with the win 135-124.

Next summer the Seattle team will be coming to Los Angeles to play the Drew League! Looking forward to it. Check out the photo gallery below!

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Imperial Courts annual game honors Brandon Jennings and Mark Hill

LLos Angeles is a very large city that ranges from all types of people. Some parts of the city are more explored than others. A rare look into the Los Angeles projects is something hardly seen, especially being shown in a positive light. Compton native and NBA star Brandon Jennings wanted to change this a few years ago. He decided one night to show up at the Imperial Courts projects in Watts and surprise all the fans with a visit from an NBA player. He is the first player that came to play in a game in that area – and it was amazing! Brandon, along with Imperial Courts native/Pro Basketball player, Mark Hill, put together a game for all the community to enjoy. Everyone loved seeing it – so much so that they decided to make it an annual event. The next year they brought out Nick Young, Dorell Wright, JaVale McGee, Jerome Jordan and more. This year Brandon was not able to make the game due to rehabbing from an in-season injury, but Mark Hill continued the game. Mark, along with Joee Evans, put together another year of the event, including talented pro players, local guys, DJ’s and photographers. The game ended with a game winning shot by Mark Hill, complete with everyone rushing the court to congratulate him! Joee presented awards for Mark and Brandon to commend all that they do to give back to the community in Los Angeles. It’s a great cause and I was honored to be apart of it again! Check out the photos below

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Drew League 2015: Week 12 – Semi-Finals (Sun)

TThe Drew League continued its round of playoffs with some more great action. The newest Los Angeles Laker, D’Angelo Russell, came out to support me taking pics at the Drew League as well 😛

Check out the photos below

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Drew League 2015: Week 12 – Semi-Finals (Sat)

SSaturday’s Drew League was one of the most exciting days of the summer! It was packed full of all kinds of stars – Andre Drummond, Stanley Johnson, Klay Thompson, James Harden, Nick Young, Jordan Hamilton, Quincy Miller, Eric Moreland, Dorell Wright and more! Check out the photos below

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The Cassy Athena Collection

II recently held my first gallery to showcase my photography! The event took place the day before the ESPYS and it was a great turnout. The venue that hosted the gallery was Neo 39 in Old Town Pasadena, it was an underground space that they recently built but hasn’t been open to the public yet.

The space included 37 of my photos – ranging from sports to music to lifestyle. Featured pictures included Paul George, Pooch Hall, Andre Drummond, Jeron Johnson, Trevor Jackson, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, James Harden, The Game and more…

 

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It was such a beautifully organized event – with everything from a Red Carpet, Catering, The Dodgers DJ, Our sponsors Neo 39, Brees Cakes, Silky Socks, Toast Vodka, Dale Energy, Body Armour, Deuce Brand, as well as amazing photographers & videographers to capture everything. I had such an amazing time! BIG Thank you to Dominique/CMPR-inc for putting this together last minute and believing in me to pull everything together. Thanks to Nick Young for also signing a pair of Foamposite’s to auction off to Charity for Union Station.

Special guests included Andre Drummond, Cortez Bryant, Don Benjamin, Quincy Miller, Isaiah Austin, Craig Smith, Omar Bolden, Jeron Johnson, Duke Ihenacho, Jonathan Dowling, Marvin Cortes, Brittney Elena, E.B. Wright and more…

Check out the Photos and Videos from the event!!

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