WHAT: BUBBA’S CELEBRITY BASKETBALL GAME
WHEN: SATURDAY, AUG. 28
TIME:NOON FANFEST, 5 P.M. CELEBRITY BASKETBALL GAME
WHERE: WORCESTER COUNTY RECREATIONAL CENTER, 6030 PUBLIC LANDING ROAD, SNOW HILL, MD.
COST: FOR TICKETS CALL 443-462-0696
FOR THE MEDIA: THERE WILL BE REFRESHMENTS, PARKING CLOSE TO THE EVENT AND AREA FOR REPORTERS TO SET UP
TO INTERVIEW MR ALMONY CALL 443 462 0696
*INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKERS *MENTAL HEALTH LITERATURE *CELEBRITIES*BASKETBALL GAME*
2,000 EXPECTED TO ATTEND FROM TRI-STATE AREA
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT ANTI-BULLYING AND CANCER AWARENESS PROGRAMS
Noon – Welcome and Prayer
12:15 – Message for the media.
12:45 — Keynote speakers Adriano “Bubba” Almony, Ocean City Citizen of the Year Al “Hondo” Handy and Dr. Khalilah Camacho-Ali, former wife of Muhammad Ali and mother of his four children.
1:10 — Mayors and senators will present proclamations. Aug. 28 has been declared Bubba Almony Day in Snow Hill by the mayor.
1:20 – Basketball players, community leaders and celebrities will talk to youth about bullying and mental health. Speakers will include Muhammad Ali Jr., the only biological son of boxing champion Muhammad Ali; Jonte Hall from the Harlem Globetrotters; entertainer A-Town, who almost lost his life to bullying; and inspirational speaker Demarjay Smith.
2 — Fans, players and celebrities interact outdoors.
2:30 — Teams go into the rec center to prepare for the game.
3 to 3:45 p.m. – Teams warm up
3:45 — Doors open for fans
4:10 — Players exit floor to locker room
4:35 – Teams enter the court
4:50 – Playing of the National Anthem. PLEASE STAND
4:55 — Player introductions
5 – Tipoff
After the basketball game, those who have floor seats may network with talent and guests in a reserved area inside the arena. The rec center will be open until 8 p.m.
Anti-bullying event promises top names, help for those in need
SNOW HILL, MD. – Local bodyguard Bubba Almony will be honored for bringing together celebrities, police officers and government officials – all devoted to comforting children who have been bullied and stopping this unacceptable behavior – during Bubba’s Celebrity Basketball Game on Saturday, Aug. 28.
Among guest speakers will be Dr. Khalilah Ali, widow of boxing champion Muhammad Ali and mother of four of his children, who has experienced the devastation of bullying. She will talk about her own experiences as a child in school, dedicated to learning and eager to accept homework assignments, and how classmates cruelly stole her belongings and locked her in the school bathroom – until she brought one of her pet snakes to school one day. Don’t miss this enlightening story, told with power and dignity, as Dr. Ali reassures children of their value and worth.
Boxer Fernando Guerrero, who grew up in Salisbury, will be there.
Gov. Larry Hogan has been invited and has signed a governor’s citation in honor of the event. Mayors of Pocomoke City, Salisbury and Snow Hill will be present, with Snow Hill Mayor, Dr. Jennifer Jewell, presenting a proclamation designating Aug. 28 as Bubba Almony Day. Salisbury Mayor Jake Day will present a proclamation and Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan has signed one. Almony will also be honored by the Worcester County NAACP.
Maryland State Sen. Mary Beth Carozza will attend, with former Sen. Jim Mathias.
Patrick “Sgt. Pushup” Parker, who travels around the country doing pushups in exchange for donations to stop childhood hunger, will be among guests, as well as entertainer A-Town, who, during a recent conversation with Almony, said classmates were “picking on me because of my size and my health problems.”
“I almost got killed in my teenage years. I almost committed suicide then I started protecting self with a knife, taking a knife to school. You know, a lot of stuff happens in the moment. I did that because the way they were treating me made me feel hurt. People get traumatized and bullying has got to stop,” A-Town said.
Entertainer and producer Kendra Lust, also during a recent conversation with Almony, said her message is one of women supporting women as well as empowering others.
“I have always advocated for humanitarian efforts, spoken to kids, read stories to them. People don’t have any idea of the impact that has on kids’ lives,” Lust said.
Starting at noon at the Worcester County Recreation Center, the rally will also feature the boxing champ’s only son, Mohammad Ali Jr.; former Baltimore Ravens football player Jacoby Jones and Al “Hondo” Handy, Ocean City Citizen of the Year in 2015, who will talk about sportsmanship.
Pohanka of Salisbury is giving away $25,000 toward the purchase of a new car to one non-professional who can make a half-court shot. A name will be called and that person will have a chance to try and make that shot.
NBA announcer Patrick Doughty, known as Big Pat, from the Charlotte Hornets will handle announcements and Franchon Crews-Dezurn, a middleweight world champion boxer, will be among guests.
Those attending will see former NFL offensive tackle Vinston Painter, as well as former Baltimore Ravens running back Terrance West and iconic model Kendra Lust.
Coaching the basketball game will be renowned Pastor Jared Sawyer Jr., Grammy award winner Drumma Boy Fresh and Sisi God.
Players will include NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens, SSG Donita Adams of the Maryland Army National Guard, rapper and entertainer A-Town, Leon “SpaceJam” Sewell of the Harlem Wizards and former Raven Terrance West.
Also in attendance will be 12-year-old Samaya Clark-Gabriel, athlete, actress and only the child to perform with the Harlem Globetrotters; Jonte Hall, shortest Harlem Globetrotter at 5 feet, 2 inches tall; 14-year-old Demarjay Smith, known as The Young Jamaican Trainer, and frequent guest on the “Ellen” TV show, and Police Officer Tommy Norman of the North Little Rock, Ark., Police Department since 1998 and who received national attention for charitable actions toward youth.
The guest list also includes General Janeen Birckhead of the Maryland Army National Guard.
Sherman, the Delmarva Shorebirds mascot, will greet guests. Salisbury University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore cheerleaders will perform during the basketball game and the Salisbury Zoo will present a reptile display.
The National Guard will have on display a high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle, known as a Humvee. A police K-9 dog will be there, with the message that animals comfort children who are bullied and frightened.
The rec center concession stand will be open and Rita’s Ice mascot will be there, as well as the Mister Softee ice cream truck.
“I am a big advocate of anti-bullying,” Director Bubba Almony said. “We want people from the tri state area – Maryland, Delaware and Virginia — to come. If I am being bullied on the Delaware Boardwalk, it could affect me in Maryland, as well. We are all together in some capacity. We all travel through these three states. We know people from these states.
“If people come to this event they could get skills that could save their lives and make their community more tightly knit,” Almony said.
Face masks will be required indoors and temperatures will be taken, to protect against the coronavirus.
For tickets, see www.bubbaalmony.com or call Almony at 443-462-0696.