Utah Jazz McDonald's Dunk Team

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The Utah Jazz McDonald’s Dunk Team performs during game breaks at select Jazz games at EnergySolutions Arena. Using trampolines, the team members fire up the crowd with their arsenal of acrobatic and flamboyant slam dunks.

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Griff

Griff

How many seasons on the dunk team: 10 years

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

Day time job/student: Title Insurance, stuntman

Favorite Dunk Team memory: Breaking a Guinness World Record on LIVE with Regis and Kelly in NYC and anytime I can see someone achieve something.

Future goals: Stay injury free to keep doing this for years to come. Always be receptive and open to new talent. Always be a good dad and a good friend.

Anything personal you would like to share: This group of guys and the Dunk Team are very special to me. We’re all very close and are always there to pick each other up from a bad pass, a missed dunk or a difficult time in life. We don’t have “specialists” that only pass or only dunk on our team; we don’t allow for ego and everyone on this team plays a role and understands what their role is. I love my community, love the Jazz organization and how they are so open to us wanting to be part of the community.

Nate

Nate

How many seasons on the dunk team: 15ish, I started for the WNBA Utah Starzz in 1997 where we would do some Jazz games too.

Hometown: Murray, Utah

Day time job/student: I'm an ATC/ PTA doing physical therapy

How did you get started dunking: I was tumbling at a game when the Jazz Bear brought his trampoline out, and asked if we wanted to try dunking.

Favorite memory thus far on the team: 1) Flying on the team charter to London and Madrid to do shows at their games for the NBA Europe trip. 2) Breaking a Guinness World Record live on the Regis and Kelly show in New York City for the most front flip dunks in 30 seconds.

Future goals: What should I say here? Don't die? Move the rim up to 12 feet? Still be able to do a front flip dunk when I'm 50 years old?

Anything personal you would like to share: Isn't everything above all personal stuff already? Maybe, I've been to Bird Island?

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Justin

How many seasons on the dunk team: 6

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Day time job/student: Healthcare Coding Consultant

How did you get started dunking: Met the dunk team doing similar types of promotions for BYU and Real Salt Lake.

Favorite memory thus far on the team: Going to New York with the guys and setting a Guinness World Record on the Regis and Kelly Show

Future goals: Earn an MBA

Anything personal you would like to share: I am married and have 3 daughters.

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Mike

How many seasons on the dunk team: 4 - 4.5 seasons?

Hometown: Midvale, UT

Day time job/student: Student at UVU, Part time tumbling coach

How did you get started dunking: Thanks to Griff and 13 years of gymnastics training, I'm on the dunk team

Favorite memory thus far on the team: My favorite memory so far is from back in March of 2009 in Bird Island, Minnesota at the Tim Orth charity event. When we won a dunk competition between the dunk teams from Minnesota, Milwaukee, and us.

Future goals: Become a doctor in sports medicine or orthopedics or something cool. Have a family. Be successful. Dunk until my legs won't let me.

Anything personal you would like to share: Adventure/outdoor enthusiast. Ei. Rock climbing, snow boarding, hiking, backpacking, camping, surfing, etc.

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John

How many seasons on the dunk team: First season on team

Hometown: From Cottonwood Heights. Now live in Sandy

Day time job/student: Real Estate Agent/ Investor

How did you get started dunking: I have been a huge Jazz fan my whole life so I heard there was dunk team tryouts and I thought heck ya I would love a chance at that. So I organized a group to come and luckily made the cut.

Favorite memory thus far on the team: I always dreamed as a kid of playing for the Jazz so for sure my fav memory was my first (and so far only) performance during a Jazz game. I only had one dunk but it went well and it was super fun being out on that court with thousands of people cheering! Seriously one of the highlights of my year... Maybe life!

Future goals: As far as team goals I would like to be able to perform all of the basic passes and dunks 100% every time by the end of this season. Then hope to build my skills and be on the team for years to come. Other life goals I would like to build my real estate holdings to at least 100 units and have started and successfully run other start up businesses. And shoot par in golf.

Anything personal you would like to share: My dad passed away a few years ago and we put his love of family bonding during Jazz games in his obituary. I think that's where my love of all things Jazz stems from and I just think he would think it was AWESOME if he knew his kid was performing on a Jazz team. Especially one as cool as dunking!

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Benson

How many seasons on the dunk team: This is my second season being part of the team

Hometown: Good ole HOOPER, UTAH

Day time job/student: Working at Mckay Dee Hospital managing OR supplies, while working on my Healthcare Administration Degree

How did you get started dunking: Was invited to come to some practices and tryout by my good buddy Kregg

Favorite memory thus far on the team: Being able to participate in Undercover Boss with Greg Miller. I also love throwing the Jazz balls out after we have a good performance.

Future goals: To be able to do a front flip dunk during a show!

Anything personal you would like to share: Love being part of the team and being able to watch my favorite team play.

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Kregg

How many seasons on the dunk team: 5

Home town: Kaysville, UT

Day time job/student: Entrepreneur

How did you get started dunking: Lost a bet with my wife and the result was a tryout to see if I had anything left in the tank.

Favorite memory thus far on the team: Each performance has its highlights but I love seeing the young fans watching like we're basketball heroes. We make time for these kids and enjoy spending time with them.

Future goals: I would like to see the dunk team continue to be involved in the community by doing appearances where cities may not get that chance.

Anything personal you would like to share: Personally I would like to see a theme developed through our shows that help send a positive message to the youth watching.

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David

How many seasons on the dunk team: Five years.

Hometown: Sandy, Utah.

Day time job/student: The Pulmonary lab at the University of Utah hospital and I’m in pursuit of a master’s program in Occupational Therapy.

How did you get started dunking: My cousin Lance was on the Dunk team for a year. I grew up with a trampoline in the backyard and my cousin and I were always trying new things out together. He informed me that the Dunk Team was holding open tryouts. He knew it was something I would enjoy and that I had the coordination skills necessary to be on the team. I decided to check it out and the rest is history.

Favorite memory thus far on the team: I don’t know if I necessarily have one favorite memory, but I do have many great memories of performing at a show where every pass and every dunk is perfectly executed. It’s a great feeling when that happens. Some of the best memories that I have are just being with the guys. We aren’t just a team; we’re like brothers out there, who always have each other’s backs.

Future goals: My future goals are to stay on the dunk team as long as possible, to be successful in my career, and to live a happy life with my wife and children.

Anything personal you would like to share: I have loved being on the Dunk Team so far, even if Griff busts our butts because we don’t perform to the best of our abilities. As funny as this seems, the Dunk Team has helped me in many aspects of my life, including my relationship with my wife. When she was pregnant with twins and on bed rest I had a lot of practices and performances to attend. Even though she was on bed rest she was always supportive. It made me realize that when she participates in things that she loves I should also be supportive of her. Spending time separately used to be somewhat hard for me, but now I view it in a completely different way. I love being on the dunk team and I love that my wife supports me. I can proudly say that now, I too support my wife as she pursues her interests.

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Cody

How many seasons on the dunk team: This is my first season.

Hometown: Woods Cross, Ut

Day time job/student: Marketing

How did you get started dunking: I first started dunking as the mascot Cosmo the cougar at BYU when I was a student.

Favorite memory thus far on the team: Trying out for the team and making it.

Future goals: Become the most interesting man in the world and find the woman of my dreams.

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Matt

How many seasons on the dunk team: 2

Hometown: Draper, UT

Day time job: Customer Care

How did you get started dunking: I used to go to trampoline gyms around the valley, and had a love for flying high! I ended up meeting some members of the dunk team, and thought I would take my passion for jumping to the next level!

Favorite memory thus far on the team: My favorite memory with the team so far, would probably be when I was trying out in the beginning. They helped me so much in my form and my flips to get to where I am today. Every time I get to perform with the team, we have an awesome time and create memories. It's definitely an honor to be friends with such an awesome group of guys.

Future goals: Job as a Firefighter/Paramedic. Currently in the middle of schooling, and actively searching for opportunities in the field.

Anything personal you would like to share: I have a wife and a 2 month old son. I love playing sports. I am a Utah Jazz fan and enjoy being a part of all the fun!