Community-Wide Slam Dunk Contest Coming to Alabama State University

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By Brionna McCall, Intern

There is much to look forward to in the city of Montgomery as Play World Entertainment will be presenting a community-wide slam dunk contest.

The event will be held on April 1 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. in the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on Alabama State University’s campus.

Play World Entertainment is a group of young people who are willing to give back to the Montgomery community. Daniel Thomas is the organizer of the event; He is known as “Big Pimp” from the hip-hop group Dirty Boyz.

Bryishun Pernell handles communications and marketing pertaining to the event. He is also the owner of the Central Alabama Jaguars basketball team.

“The slam dunk contest is basically our way of giving back to the community. We host a lot of events pertaining to football and baseball, but we wanted to do something fun and entertaining in the world of basketball,” he said.

The contest will consist of a slam dunk contest, a 3-point contest, a free throw contest and a couple of five-on-five tournament games. There will be several local organizations and vendors partnering with the event to participate and provide resources to the community.

According to Pernell, hosting the slam dunk contest at ASU is a great way to bring the spotlight not only to the community but to show the university in a positive manner.

Cash prizes will be given away to the contest winners along with trophies. Contestants were chosen during open registration, so participants are currently solidified with the event. Cash prizes and giveaways will be given out to the community in between competitions as well.

Special guest Philip Champion, known as Hot Sauce from the AND1 Mixtape Tour, will be one of the judges.

“Meeting him in general is just an awesome experience. We’re very excited that he’s taking on the opportunity to accept the invitation to come here to Montgomery,” Pernell said. “He’s very excited to come to Montgomery and will be looking forward to the event.”

According to Pernell, the most important thing is for the community to fellowship and engage with each other.

“With so much going on in our community such as gun violence, we’re just trying to bring the entertainment platform to Montgomery,” he said.

Tickets will be $15, but according to Pernell, they will have a package deal this week.

People following Central Alabama Jaguars or Daniel Thomas on Facebook will be able to get that information firsthand. Tickets will also be available online on Eventbrite.

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