OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - OCTOBER 23: Lamarcus Aldridge of Team White smiles during a timeout in the US Fleet Tracking Basketball Invitational charity basketball game October 23, 2011 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The game benefitted the Single Parents Support Network of Oklahoma City . (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
The University of Portland sent out a press release on Monday morning providing the following details for the Rip City Basketball Classic --a charity game hosted by Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge -- to be held at the Chiles Center on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
The link to purchase tickets on TicketMaster.com is here. They will go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Also, remember: The Basketball Jones will be taping a free live show as their Portland tour stop hits On Deck Sports Bar at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Perfect pre-game. Click "attend" on Facebook to join the nearly 100 other people who have already done so! I'll be there and hope to see you there.
On Sunday, November 6, LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers will host the Rip City Basketball Classic, bringing together teammates and friends on the campus of the University of Portland for an evening of friendly competition and celebration for a good cause. Benefiting organizations include Breast Cancer Awareness, Providence/St. Vincent's Cardio Vascular Institute and New Avenues for Youth. The charity basketball showcase will take place at the University's Chiles Center, and include the talents of Aldridge, Brandon Roy, Jeff Pendergraph, Raymond Felton, Wesley Matthews, Steve Blake, Kevin Durant, Josh Howard, TJ Ford, Jamal Crawford and more.
Tickets for the Rip City Basketball Classic will go on sale Tuesday, November 1 at 11a.m. at the Chiles Center box office, located on campus outside the arena at 5000 N.Willamette Blvd., and on the web at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced at $50 for lower level sideline seats, $40 for upper level sideline seats, $25 for upper level end zone bleacher seats, and $100 for courtside seating. Tip off is at 7:30 p.m. on November 6, doors open at 6:30 p.m.
A 2006 first round draft pick (2nd overall), Aldridge has actively embraced the Portland community by supporting a number of charitable events throughout the season. Aldridge's community service includes advocacy for health-related programs such as breast cancer awareness programs and cardio vascular research initiatives. LaMarcus is also a supporter of enrichment initiatives that enhance academics, athletics and youth leadership.
"Portland has been my home for over five years and I really enjoy giving back to the community whenever I can," said Aldridge. "The Rip City Basketball Classic allows me to support my favorite local causes, while also giving fans an exciting night of basketball."
Those purchasing tickets in person at the Chiles Center box office will receive a complimentary ticket to the University of Portland men's basketball team's Nov. 4 exhibition game versus Concordia-Irvine. The Pilots begin the season coming off of back-to-back 20 win seasons for the first time in program history.
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