There’s a storm brewing. An unstoppable force meets an unmovable object. Two powerhouses collide! Barnes. Dogg.
This. IS. A wonderful charity event.
Matt Barnes and Snoop Dogg (Lion) teamed up to host a celebrity flag football game last Sunday to benefit the charity Athletes vs. Cancer.
The event was held at Pacific Palisades Charter School and featured a number of past and present professional athletes. Team Barnes consisted of Clippers teammates Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Ryan Hollins and former guard Kareem Rush, while Team Snoop recruited Metta World Peace, Nick Young, DeMar DeRozan, and former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete.
The game itself was a high-scoring affair of the Arena Football League variety as Team Snoop prevailed in a 63-56 victory, aided in part by two late touchdowns by World Peace and a game saving interception by Young. Barnes himself had a nice game, scoring a handful of touchdowns for his side.
Following the game, fans and attendees, including cancer patients and survivors from UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center were able to meet and interact with the celebrities.
Athletes vs. Cancer was started by Barnes and his wife in 2008 following the passing of his mother from stage five lung cancer the previous year. “We are working with children and teenagers that have been struck by cancer, just to bring smiles to their faces,” Barnes said. “Cancer doesn’t discriminate, it affects everybody. Everybody knows someone that’s been affected by cancer, so we do what we can to give back.”
The flag football game is just one of many charity events featuring athletes that is hosted by the charity. A gallery of photos from the event can be found here.