Kyrie Irving to help raise money for President in “Obama Classic”

President Barack Obama has called on the reigning Rookie of the Year to assist with his re-election effort. The “Obama Classic” will be held on August 22nd in New York City, and the Cavaliers Kyrie Irving is amongst the players scheduled to participate.

Others scheduled to play in the fundraising event include: Michael Jordan, Carmelo Anthony, Patrick Ewing, Sheryl Swoopes, Alonzo Mourning, Vince Carter, Jamal Crawford, Penny Hardaway, Juwan Howard, Joe Johnson, Tracy McGrady, Paul Pierce, Austin Rivers, Rajon Rondo, Steve Smith, Dawn Staley and John Wall.

Kyrie Irving (C) smiles during the U.S. Olympic basketball team practice at UNLV's Mendenhall Center in Las Vegas, Nevada July 6, 2012.
Details on the “Obama Classic” from the USA Today are as follows

President Obama’s campaign is planning a fundraiser with some of the biggest names in his favorite sport, basketball. Michael Jordan, Carmelo Anthony and Patrick Ewing are among the participants in the upcoming “Obama Classic,” the campaign announced in an e-mail that offers donors a shot at an invite. The e-mail asks donors to “imagine shooting hoops” with these and other players.

Says the basketball e-mail: “Pitch in $3 or whatever you can, and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win. Hit the court with Patrick Ewing and Melo? Trade stories with the President? This is the kind of stuff your kids will tell their kids, and no one will believe it until you show them a photo. Don’t worry if suiting up with hoops stars isn’t your thing. I know you’ve got a kid or a friend who would love nothing more than to play with their heroes while you cheer them on from a courtside seat. If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to chip in and support the President, it’s time to get off the bench.

The event is Aug. 22 in New York City. This is the latest in a string of raffles by the campaign, most of them involving dinner or meetings with the president, first lady Michelle Obama, or Vice President Biden. 

I’ve never run for political office. If I did though, I would certainly try to align myself with Kyrie Irving too. Well played in that respect, Mr. President. Keep your hands up at all times out there on the 22nd, if you’re open he will find you.

Brendan Bowers

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