NBA stars and Gonzaga Alum to appear with children in basketball classic today - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

NBA stars and Gonzaga Alum to appear with children in basketball classic today

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Few children get to meet their sports heroes face-to-face.  At tonight's Toyota Spokane All-American's Charity Classic (formerly the Dan Dickau Charity Classic), a very special group of children from the Starlight Starbright Foundation will get the once in a lifetime chance to shake the hands with some of their favorite NBA superstars on the court.

In the middle of Gonzaga's McCarthey Athletic Center Basketball Court, this group of seriously-ill children and their families will be greeted by NBA stars and Gonzaga Alum Dan Dickau, Adam Morrison, LaMarcus Aldridge, and others including newly added Gonzaga Alum Derek Ravio during pre-game ceremonies.

Since most of these children do not have the health or stamina to participate in daily activities often taken for granted, like running or bouncing a ball, this moment will be fondly remembered by both players and the children.

This event is one of Spokane's main summer events as these children will fulfill most dreams both young and old.

This year's third annual event features current NBA players with their college roots in Gonzaga University soil playing some classic basketball for local charities.  Be careful though, last year's leisurely game turned into a playoff-style contest as the Dan Dickau coached White Team beat the Adam Morrison coached Blue Team by a score of 141-135 in overtime.

The game is scheduled for Thursday, August 23rd, 2007, at McCarthey Athletic Center on the Gonzaga Campus and tip off is at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are available at all Ticketswest locations or www.ticketswest.com.

About Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation of Washington State:
Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation is a non-profit organization providing education, entertainment and family events that improve the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions before, during and after treatment.

Starlight Starbright Washington touches the lives of over 6,000 children and their families each month through over 60 in hospital programs and various out patient events.

To volunteer, support or learn more about Starlight, contact 425-861-7827 or visit www.starlight-washington.org.

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