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article imageCampaign offers chance to play with NBA stars at 'Obama Classic'

By Layne Weiss     Aug 7, 2012 in Politics
The Obama campaign has announced a contest where a donor can win a chance to shoot hoops with NBA greats and President Obama himself. "The Obama Classic," will feature Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, and Carmelo Anthony among others.
According to the Obama-Biden campaign site, fans can donate anywhere from $15 to $1,000 or an amount of their choice for a chance to enter to win. It can be as little as $3. Only US citizens or lawfully permanent US residents are eligible to enter. Any contribution cannot be made from the treasury funds of a corporation, labor organization or national bank. A person or entity who is a federal contractor is also not permitted to donate or enter. Registered federal lobbyists and foreign agents are also ineligible to contribute. Entrants must be 16 or older, and the donor must prove the money they are donating is theirs. He/she cannot borrow money for the purpose of this contest.
In an email sent to Obama supporters Tuesday, deputy national field director Marlon Marshall wrote, "Imagine shooting hoops" with NBA stars such as Michael Jordan, Alonzo Mourning, Carmelo Anthony, and Patrick Ewing. NBA rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving, and 4-time WNBA champion Sheryl Swoopes will also be in attendance, Politico reports.
"Now stop dreaming and make it happen," Marshall wrote. "You and a guest of your choice could join President Obama and some of the greatest basketball stars for a special night at the 'Obama Classic.'"
According to Marshall's email, supporters can donate as little as $3 to be entered to win, CBS Washington reports.
Since 2008, the Obama campaign has run a monthly contest for supporters to win a chance to sit down and have dinner with the President, Politico reports. These contests now offer supporters the chance to meet celebrities, go on cross-country road trips, and other perks.
In February, NBA player VInce Carter held a "$30,000-a-plate" fundraiser at his home in Florida, ESPN reports. Carter met Obama last summer at an event in Orlando. He became the lead organizer for the "Obama Classic."
According to Politico, the original "Obama Classic" was delayed due to the NBA lockout ending. The event was set to be a fundraiser and exhibition game that would have featured NBA stars such as Tyson Chandler, Kevin Love, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony. Vince Carter, Chris Paul, and fellow NBA star Baron Davis sent a letter saying the event would be rescheduled for the summer of 2012, and any tickets purchased for the original event would be honored then.
No venue or date has been set for the new "Obama Classic," CBS Washington reports.
According to the Hill, Obama's opponent, GOP candidate Mitt Romney, has out-raised the President for 3 months in a row.
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