This past weekend was Willingboro, New Jersey‘s first annual celebrity basketball game, brought to us by our very own Mike Zombie! Since unveiling himself to the industry in 2013 by producing Drake‘s super-successful “Started From the Bottom” single, Zombie has put his town on the radar for many of music’s elite underground and mainstream leaders, and continued his momentum by hosting a charity event for the town’s community sports teams.
Taking place at Willingboro‘s John F. Kennedy Recreational Center, the Panthers basketball teams were split into the Blue team and the White team, consisting of some of the most prominent local celebrities that dominate both the music and sports industries. Just a few of those names include legendary battle rapper Tsu Surf, Big OOH!, Gillie Da Kid, NY Jets safety Calvin Pryor, Porta Rich, Empire‘s Black Rambo, Kazzie, Chill Moody and plenty more. Over 200 people packed the newly renovated JFK gymnasium, making for an excellent turn-out.
I’m not even going to pretend like I know how to describe a basketball game, so I’ll say that no one expected the Blue Team (Zombie‘s team) to come out with such a victory of 57-41. The most entertaining players to watch were Gillie Da Kid, who landed 3-pointers back to back accompanied by a smug smile and an energetic and warm attitude, and Calvin Pryor of the white team, who had a good start in the first quarter, weaned by the second, and came back to finish strong by the last quarter.
Never once forgetting the family aspect of the event, Doc McStuffins paid a visit, waving to the crowd and taking pictures with children and families. Outside were vendors selling t-shirts, food and beauty supplies, while a line began to grow for the face-painting station. South Jersey‘s leading dance team, Team 609, kept the crowd entertained dancing to their group’s exclusive club music (it’s a Jersey thing), after which the Panthers cheerleading team showed us why they win every youth competition each year.
For Mike Zombie to put on this kind of event for the good of Willingboro‘s sports teams is one of the best things to happen to our town, mainly because it was facilitated by the youth for other youth, setting a prime example of what can happen when you work hard at following your passion. Many fans were asking about the prospective celebrity players for next year, leading Mike to say, “It’s only going to get bigger from here.”