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Local NBA Players to Host Charity Basketball Game for Education

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Two local professional basketball players are teaming up to give something back to the Dayton area.  The NBA players will host a charity basketball game Saturday night to raise money for education.

Former Dunbar High School hoops stars and current pros Daequan Cook and Norris Cole are hosting the second annual Local Legends Game this weekend which brings together a handful of former Dayton area players to raise money for the Cook Scholarship Fund, which helps scholars and athletes go to college.

Cook says he is proud to be from the Dayton area and feels it's important for pro athletes to give back to the community.

"After the season is over, I felt like it was important to give back to the people who supported me the most which is the city of Dayton," Cook said.

Herbert Richardson helped organize the Legends Game and he says kids in attendance will come away with something special.

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Daequan Cook

"Thanks to Daequan and his mother we're going to give away 100 backpacks, 50 to girls and 50 to boys, and those backpacks are going to come loaded with school supplies. It's good to see an athlete showcase their talent but we also wanted to show our children that education is still the way to go and if you have the tools that you need to succeed, the sky is the limit," Richardson said.

Former stars from the University of Dayton, Wright State and Miami University along with basketball stars from around the state will suit up at Dunbar High School for the game.

The backpack giveaway will take place from 5 - 6 p.m. and the game will start at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for kids and $7 for adults.

Players expected to play include: Chris Wright, Carl Edwards, Kenny Hayes, Cashmere Wright, Josh Benson, Mark Anderson, Brandy Hoskins, Chris Pearson, Dionte Vaughn, Dwight Anderson, Nate Miller, John Diebler, Rhonda Price, Steve Wright, Aaron Poque, Daquan Walker and Earl DJ Bandcamp.