Legion Of Boom Legends Transforming Communities Through Giving

On Friday, the Climate Pledge Arena hosted the annual All-Star Basketball Game of Champions of Change, which brought together a stellar lineup of Seattle sports legends and community leaders. The nonprofit’s promotion of various causes throughout the region is aided by the game’s support, making it a highly anticipated event for both fans and participants.

Champions of Change, founded by ex-Seattle Seahawks players Doug Baldwin, Cliff Avril, and Michael Bennett, has consistently utilized sports as a platform to promote positive change in society. This year’s game was thrilling with a showdown between Team Cliff and Team Doug. The coaches of the teams were Gary Payton and Detlef Schrempf, who were both members of the Sonics, adding an extra layer of excitement and nostalgia to the fans.

Before the game, PlayersTV spoke with some of the participates such as former Seattle Seahawks Richard Sherman, Brandon Marshall, and Lofa Tatupu.

“Well, I have won two in a row, so hopefully this is the third. It’s just been great; this organization does a great job helping a lot of kids, making a difference in a lot of people’s lives,” Sherman said.

“So, this is just the fun part. This is that part where we come together and do something that we don’t usually do: entertain some people. But at the end of the day, helping the community is what it is all about. Helping these kids have a better future, and with the world as it is right now, I think the more good you can do, the better.”

“It’s Champion of Change. I’m on the Black team, going for a three-peat. I’m running point and going for MVP,” said Marshall.

Tatupu added,”It’s an honor, and community is everything. Our biggest purpose in life is to give back. We’ve been blessed, and we gotta pay it forward, and that’s what we are doing tonight, each and every day and every chance we get.”

Team Cliff won by one point in a thrilling finish, keeping Cliff Avril’s undefeated record at the event at 3-0. All players involved displayed their skill and determination in the close competition that kept the audience on the edge of their seats.

Division 1 players, and notable local leaders were among the players on the roster. Richard Sherman, Jermaine Kearse, Bryan Walters, Brandon Marshall, Lofa Tatupu, Red Bryant, and Mario Bailey were some of the ex-Seahawks on the court. Adding to the diverse lineup were Seattle City Councilmember Joy Hollingsworth and Port of Seattle Commissioner Sam Cho, highlighting the community’s strong support for the event.

In addition to the court action, there was lively entertainment in the stands as well. Mascots Buoy, Blitz, and Doppler kept the crowd energized and engaged, ensuring that the event was fun for all ages. Joel McHale, who graduated from UW and is known for his work on “Almost Live!” and other popular shows, was the game announcer and brought his signature humor and enthusiasm to the event.

The Champions of Change All-Star Basketball Game was a huge success, bringing together athletes from all over the world and bringing together the spirit of sports, entertainment, and community. The event not only brought thrilling entertainment but also emphasized the significance of giving back and supporting regional causes. The Champions of Change organization’s impactful work continues, and this event serves as a reminder of how sports can unite and inspire positive change in the community.

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