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Celebrities to Play Ball for Charity

Rapper Common is tentatively scheduled to make his return in the 2011 Jack in the Box Celebrity Shootout.
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Posted: Jan. 25, 2011

Nearly 20 nationally recognized entertainment celebrities will descend upon Phoenix to compete in the 10th Annual Jack in the Box Celebrity Shootout, presented by Robert and Carole Machiz. This star-studded charity basketball game tips-off at US Airways Center on Saturday, January 29 at 2 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

On Monday, recording artist and actor Chris Brown as well as former Major League Baseball star Jermaine Dye were newly added to the event's roster. Head to for tickets.

Celebrities from the movie, television and music industries scheduled to appear include (subject to change without notice):

Anthony Anderson Actor (“Law and Order” (TV Series), “The Departed”, “Barbershop”)
Billy Blanks Actor (“Showdown”, “The Last Boy Scout”)
Chris Brown Recording Artists/Actor (“Takers”, “Stomp the Yard”)
Columbus Short Actor (“Stomp the Yard”, “Stomp the Yard 2”, “Death at a Funeral”)
Common Recording Artists/Actor (“Terminator Salvation”, “Wanted”)
DJ Clue Mixtape DJ/Producer (Produced Music for Mariah Carey & Jay-Z)
Frankie Muniz Actor/Race Car Driver (“Malcolm in the Middle” (TV Series))
Kerry Rhodes Athlete (Safety, Arizona Cardinals)
Kiowa Gordon Actor (The Twilight Saga: “New Moon” and “Eclipse”)
Mann Recording Artist
Michael B. Jordan Actor (“Friday Night Lights” (TV Series))
Pooch Hall Actor (“Stomp the Yard 2”, “The Game” (TV Series))
Romeo Recording Artist/Actor (“Uncle P”, “Honey”)
Terrence J TV Host/Actor (Host for BET’s “106 & Park Top 10 Live”)
Francia Raisa (coach) Actress (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager” (TV series), “Bring It On: All or Nothing”)

In addition to catching an up close glimpse of these personalities, fans will also enjoy appearances by members of the Phoenix Suns serving as coaches, referees and hosts to various contests and promotions. The Phoenix Suns Gorilla, Suns Dancers and Solar Squad will also be on hand to entertain the crowd.

Tickets start at $9.00 and can be purchased online at, through Ticketmaster, by calling 1-800-745-3000, or at the US Airways Center box office.

Funds raised from the Shootout will benefit Phoenix Suns Charities and Suns Nite Hoops. Phoenix Suns Charities is the cornerstone of the team’s foundation, making grants to non-profit organizations that serve the youth in areas of education, health and human services, the arts, sports and recreation, and rehabilitation.

Suns Nite Hoops is a non-profit program offering life skills, educational advancement, and job readiness to at-risk young men and their families by providing them positive alternatives to drugs, gangs, and violence.

NOTE: Media availability for the 10th Annual Jack in the Box Celebrity Shootout will take place from 1:30 – 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 29. Media check-in will begin at 1:15 p.m. in the Guest Relations lobby, located inside the Casino Arizona Pavilion at US Airways Center. For media credentials please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 28 to