The Jaleesa Collins Foundation in association with The Elvis Williams, Sr. Foundation hosted the 1st Annual Clarksdale "I Put On For My City" Celebrity Basketball Game on October 13, 2018 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The intriguing and highly anticipated event was a charity benefit game to support educational and recreational programs for underprivileged youth by raising awareness for sickle cell disease.
The Coahoma Community College's Pinnacle was supported by fans who came to witness a medley of celebrities, recording artists, athletes, comedians and entertainers committed to using their influence to strengthen educational and youth opportunities and showcasing their basketball skills on the court! Celebrity guests included Grammy award winning producer and sponsor, Blac Elvis, former Cincinnati Bengals Shay Hodge, Memphis rappers Y.K.O.M. and OG Boo Dirty, Miami Heat Champion Earl Barron Jr. and Derek Anderson, comedian Reedo Brown, WNBA Champion Tiffany Bias, Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta and fitness model O'SheaDaModel, Day26 R&B singer Willie Taylor, and professional athletes Adrian "Konfuzion" Mack, Whodini and Mismatch, and Ravern Johnson, and actor Markeith Coleman from "The Butler."
The fun-filled event commenced with the National Anthem being sung by R&B singer Neicey, followed by the Slam Dunk Contest. Team Clarksdale faced off against Team Coahoma in a battle for control of the city while putting on an encore performance that resulted in two overtimes and the officials having to call the game as a draw!
All proceeds were donated to local charities and youth outreach programs including the Coahoma County Youth Outreach, Coahoma Community College's Men's Basketball Team, and research efforts for sickle cell disease through the Elvis Williams Sr. Foundation.