“Let It Fly” NBA All-Star Event
Thursday, Feb. 15, 8:30 p.-midnight
The District by Hannah An, 8722 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
All-Star isn’t just about cool dunks or three-pointers, as proven by Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond and Johnny Stephene (a.k.a. Dribble2Much), who are co-hosting the “Let it Fly” event to raise money and awareness about the Precious Dreams Foundation. “It’s about supporting kids in foster homes to let them know that if they have a dream and vision, they can become something in the world and have an impact,” NBA skills trainer Stephene told TheWrap about the non-profit founded by Nicole Russell. “A lot of them come from one-parent households or were raised by someone other than their family, like a YMCA coach. I know from experience how far it got me getting help from people weren’t my parents,” he said, having spent time in a foster home himself.
Stephene got to know Drummond from teaching ball-handling techniques first to kids and then to NBA stars such as Steph Curry and Nate Robinson. “I’ve got a kid called Kahlil Dukes on my Handle Life program. He didn’t have a lot of resources to get to college so I guided him the whole way, and now he is one of the top players at Niagara University.”
The aim of Thursday’s party, featuring tunes from DJ Whoo Kid, is to get “as many people there so we can really highlight what we are doing,” Stephene said, “The NBA All-Star is something that might not happen again in L.A. and it is only right that we do something for a good cause.”
Russell was inspired to launch Precious Dreams in 2012 by her foster sister who suffered from nightmares. “We wanted to provide activities to comfort foster kids when they were having a bad day,” she explained. “We now helping 5,000 youths across New York, L.A. and Baltimore,” and they hope to spread even more awareness this week, “especially to the players who these children who look up to and idolize,” she added.
Guests expected at “Let it Fly” include Kevin Hart, Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Durant, Deandre Jordan, Jason Derulo, Ludacris and Le’Veon Bell, plus Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler from “15:17 to Paris.”