Local Basketball Players Play for Homelessness

The All-City Classic charity game was a game that brought together Northeast Ohio talent to help Akron’s homeless population.

The event — hosted by Team OKBNU, Working In Progress and Ladies First Akron — was sponsored by Mike Pruitt Honda, DeVitis Italian Market and Mattucci Construction and benefits youth organizations. One is Project RISE, a collaborative effort by Akron Public Schools, homeless shelters and the community to serve homeless youth.

Players included Devin Green, an Akron native who played for the Los Angeles Lakers; and former University of Akron players Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis, Matt Futch, Derrick Tarver and Jeremiah Wood.

“The first 50 children received Cavs merchandise courtesy of Larry Nance and the Cleveland Cavaliers,” said Tammy Monroe, president/CEO of Working In Progress Inc. The MC is Haz “D.J. HazMatt” Matthews of WZAK (93.1-FM). Raffles, lots of other giveaways and more activities are planned.

  • Attracted over 400 people
  • Collected over 50 Large Bags of clothing
  • Guest Appearance by LeBron James
  • Allowed 4 youth programs to participate and be recognized during the game.