Thursday night, was Athletes for Hope fundraiser through DC Sports for Good at Buffalo Billiards in Dupont Circle. Athletes for Hope’s mission is to educate, encourage and assist athletes in their efforts to contribute to community and charitable causes, to increase public awareness of those efforts, and to inspire others to do the same.
This event was the most fun I have had in a long time!! There were athletes from all different spectrums, track and field to football to soccer. Attendees could play wii, pool, darts, or shuffle board with an array of different professional athletes.
I played pool against former NBA player Tony Massenburg and my two person team beat Tony’s team after they hit in the 8 ball early. I also played shuffle board against former soccer star Shawn Kuykendall, who now coaches soccer at his alma mater American University. I briefly talked with track and field star Michael Walton who is training for the Olympics in the 200M and 400M run. I also chatted with DeMarcus Corley aka “Chop Chop” who is a professional boxer turned businessman who designs his own boxing attire and is making a shoe for market. Most of the athletes seemed to have ties to DC. I snapped a picture of Miami Dolphins’ Joe Haynos as well who previously attend University of Maryland. The event was hosted by Comcast Sportsnet Anchor Chick Hernandez who covers The Redskins.
Throughout the night there was a raffle of different sports related memorabilia like Chris Cooley’s signed Redskins jersey. Attendees also received two drink tickets, a raffle ticket, access to the buffet, and a gift bag.
Sports for Good raised $20,000.
Athletes that attended were:
|Lorenzo Alexander||NFL – Washington Redskins|
|Leigh Bodden||NFL – New England Patriots|
|Joe Haynos||NFL – Miami Dolphins|
|Chasity Melvin||WNBA – Washington Mystics|
|Adam Nelson||Olympic Track & Field|
|Tiombe Hurd||Olympic Track & Field|
|Michael Walton||Olympic Track & Field|
|Nathaniel Mills||Olympic Speed Skating|
|Talon||DC United Mascot|