The NBA is on hold, but basketball isn't – and an upcoming contest is playing a great game for an even greater cause.
Streaming on Saturday, May 30, at noon, the first ever Memorial Day Trick Shot Contest will pit two contestants against one another in a two-round battle of basketball prowess.
The fundraising match, presented by Activate MKE and MVP Ball and hosted at Milwaukee's Tiefenthaler Park, will begin with a game of MVP – aka HORSE but with fewer letters – with the winner taking seven points into the second round of the contest. There, the two players will attempt two trick shots each, using whoever or whatever is available around them, in order to impress the contest's judges: former Milwaukee Buck and current Orlando Magic player Michael Carter-Williams, Utah Jazz player Trevor Booker and former Marquette University standout Andrew Rowsey. The players will have three attempts at each trick shot, with the judges grading each shot from 6-10 points. The trick shot artist with the most points at the end of the two rounds wins.
The real winners, however, are off the court, as each player will represent a charity – one of which, in the case of Saturday's match, is Cream Skills Basketball Association from Milwaukee, an 11-week co-ed summer basketball league that teaches teens sports skills on the court as well as business skills and financial literacy off of the court. They'll be up against the Mascot Miracles Foundation in Salt Lake City, Utah – but no matter the case, everyone will win Saturday as the proceeds will be split with 70 percent going toward the winning player and 30 percent going toward the second place finisher.
To tune into the Memorial Day Trick Shot Contest, head to Activate MKE's Facebook page on May 30 around noon and follow the streamable links. And to donate to the fundraiser, visit the event's Supportful page.
OnMilwaukee is a proud sponsor of this event.
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.