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Albert’s All-Stars Ruled at Celebrity Basketball Game!
October 30, 2011
By Cillah Hall
The Pujols Family Foundation held its 4th Annual Albert Pujols All-Star Game on October 30 at Missouri Baptist University. This was the first All-Star basketball game for the PFF. The last three were baseball games, but with so many talented basketball players in the PFF, the Foundation decided to change things up a little this year. The crowd cheered as Asher Benrubi of Smash Band introduced Albert’s All-Stars team which consisted of teenagers and adults with Down syndrome and sports celebrities who helped the All-Stars defend their title against Missouri Baptist’s Basketball Varsity Team.
Meadowlark Lemon, also known as the ‘Clown Prince’ of the Harlem Globetrotters, showed off his skills and brought smiles to the audience. Other celebrities that participated include former Rams Cornerback Aeneas Williams, Olympic Gold Medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, former NBA players Jahidi White and Anthony Bonner, Boxer Ryan Coyne and former Cardinals catcher Mike Matheny.
“We are always happy to come out and help Albert and these kids anyway we can.” said Mike Matheny.
The first half of the game was sensational with the All-Stars showing their skills on the court while being cheered on by family and supporters. Albert Pujols and Matt Holiday left the World Series victory parade and rally just in time to join the All-Stars for the second half. Of course nobody can outshine the All-Stars so they always win! The game was all about fun, memories and raising awareness about Down syndrome while showcasing the talents of the participants. It was the first event held at Missouri Baptist’s new $11 million Sports and Recreation Complex.
“I cannot think of a more appropriate event to host as part of the celebration surrounding the University’s new Carl and Deloris Petty Sports and Recreation Complex,” said Dr. R. Alton Lacey, MBU president. “The opportunity for MBU to continue to help Albert and Deidre with their work is a privilege.”