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2011 Bounce with the Suns
March 29, 2011
Steven Koek reads the rules to the 47 contestants in the Health and Wealth Raffle "Bounce with the Suns" competition.
Mr. Orange was contestant number 45.
Steve and Kathy Rice, director of the Health and Wealth Raffle, started things off.
I'm betting this contestant won't be dribbling this way for the length of the contest.
The Gorilla checks out the dribbler up close and personal.
The Gorilla tries to become a judge.
Contestant 27 became the first casualty of the contest.
JoAnn Fitzsimmons joined Steve for a lighter moment.
Contestant "Aimee" had a cheering section complete with a sign.
Each contestant received a "Bounce with the Suns" T-shirt.
Previous winners are part of a photo album.
Being interviewed while dribbling. Milti-tasking.
Contestant "Aimee" gets her interview.
The contestants each get a five minute break every two hours.
The beginning of the end.
Girlfriend gets to go home.
Still hanging in there.
Other games for other kids.
Someone was thinking ahead. Knee pads could help.
Roz also had a fan.
Minor wrist injury. Not good for a dribbler.
Suns guard Aaron Brooks checks out the soar arm of a contestant.
A number of different media outlets covered the event.
Josh showing off his shoes.
Steve interviews forward Josh Childress.
A more relaxed position.
One contestant said he would drop out if Brooks would give him the jersey off his back.
Defending champ is still in it.
A bribe from Josh Childress. He took off his shoes and said he would give them to anyone who dropped out. The defending champion took the offer.
The sun also became a factor.
Childress makes sure to purchase a raffle ticket before leaving.
Another position to change things up.
The contestants were still hard at work Monday night, heading into Tuesday morning. During the competition, 10,500 fans offered words of support through Suns.com with the event streamed live.
Finalist Frank Natividad of Mesa has his own cheering section.
Even a Greek website (translated) picked up on the story. In all, 41,000 fans logged on to watch from more than 150 countries.
Swollen forearms are just one of the pitfalls of such a competition.
Blistered fingers, too...
And then there were two. The winner receives a road trip for two with the Suns during the 2011-12 season.
After 44 hours and 47 minutes of dribbling, first-place finisher Nick Ketner (left) wins a road trip with the Suns. He is joined here by emcee Steve Koek and runner-up Frank Natividad.