By: Joe Vardon
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Kyrie Irving is hosting a charity walk and basketball game downtown Saturday to raise money for an organization that provides personal growth and employment opportunities with people who have people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The group, Best Buddies – Ohio, is the state chapter of a national network that Irving has been affiliated with for years. Irving will participate in the one-mile walk, which starts at 9 Saturday, and will then coach one of two teams in a celebrity(esque) basketball game outside The Q that starts at 10:30.
Jim Chones, former Cavs standout and current commentator for the team’s radio broadcasts, will be the referee.
For those who register and donate money to the charity, there’s a VIP tent and after party with Irving, as well as a chance to meet and take pictures with the Olympic gold medal winner and Cavs point guard who buried The Shot in Game 7 of the NBA Finals that made Cleveland champs. Donors can also play in the basketball game.
For registration, which is free, click here.
According to Best Buddies – Ohio’s website, Irving is seeking to raise $100,000 and is nearing $40,000 in pledges so far.
Irving, gone from Cleveland virtually all summer pursuing Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and taking vacation, spent the week at LeBron James’ minicamp in Santa Barbara, Calif.
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