NBA basketball players will return to Maui to slam-dunk for Maui's youth on Saturday, June 9, for Night of Shooting Stars, an evening of friendly competition, fun, food, prizes and entertainment at the Lahaina Civic Center.
The 5 p.m. novelty warm-up contest will spotlight celebrity all-stars--local music, movie and media personalities, community leaders and athletes from other sports. Their opponents will be the all-stars selected from the basketballMAUI Summer Camp, a weeklong boys and girls youth basketball program that was just held in five gyms around Maui.
Following that game, the professional all-stars will hit the court for a 6 p.m. match-up showcasing NBA talent, top college stars and international players.
Corey Maggette of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats demonstrates a fade-away shot against the University of Hawai‘i’s Julian Sensley at last year’s Night of Shooting Stars 2011.
Photo Credit: Martin Eason
The games are presented annually by the nonprofit basketballMAUI as part of and in support of its youth and basketball program development on the island. Proceeds from the events will support project G.Y.M. (Growing Youth on Maui) and basketballMAUI.
"BasketballMAUI is committed to reaching out to kids in our communities to help them become better 'players' both on and off the court," said event coordinator Mike Hearne, general manager of Maui Clothing Company, one of the event's sponsors.
"Our emphasis on skills and team play will transform their game, and our emphasis on character development will transform their lives," added Hearne.
Confirmed U.S. pro all-stars to-date include Corey Maggette of the Charlotte Bobcats, Nate Robinson of the Golden State Warriors, Isaiah Thomas of the Sacramento Kings, Kelenna Azubuike of the Dallas Mavericks, Patrick Ewing Jr. of the New Orleans Hornets, Anthony Tolliver of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Julyan Stone of the Denver Nuggets, Greg Monroe of the Detroit Pistons and Von Wafer of the Orlando Magic.
European pros stars include Kyle Pape of the Colorado School of Mines, Derrick Low of Washington State, and Julian Sensley, Bill Amis and Bobby Nash of the University of Hawai'i.
As of last week, player rosters and line-ups continue to develop. The participation of other players will be determined by their team's success in the current NBA playoffs.
Committed to play for the local Celebrity All-Stars to-date are Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa; former Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona; singer and actress Gina Hiraizumi; musician and actor Eric Gilliom; film director and producer Brain Kohne; radio personality and Maui Weekly senior contributing writer Trisha Smith; Hawai'i Department of Education Superintendent Bruce Anderson; pro surfers Tatiana Howard, Kai Lenny, Ian Walsh and Micah Nickens; 'ukulele virtuoso and singer Derick Sebastian; restaurateur Jason Donez; Kumulani Chapel Pastor Ricky Ryan; and retired pro football player Tyrone Crews.
In addition to the games, the event will feature a festive 'ohana atmosphere that will include a pre-game concert by the highly acclaimed gospel reggae band Christafari. Attendees will also enjoy additional live entertainment including music, performances and special guests beginning at 3 p.m.
Pre-game concert tickets are $8 at the gate and $5 in advance, available at Kihei Christian Bookstore and churches including Kumulani, Lahaina Baptist, Calvary Westside, Lahaina Christian, Waipuna Chapel and Faith Family Maui.
Game admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the gate for all fans over 6 years of age (no charge for 6 and under). Advance tickets are available at Maui Clothing Company stores in Kihei and Lahaina and some Starbucks locations.
Visit www.nightofshootingstars.com and basketballmaui.com for more details about the event and basketball programs.