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The stars will be out for the Jim Calhoun Charity Basketball Game on tap for Friday, August 8.

POSTED August 05, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: You want to see an All-Star team for the ages?

Make your way to Mohegan Sun this Friday for the Jim Calhoun Charity Basketball Game and you will see a marvelous collection of former University of Connecticut players who bring a collection of championship rings, All-Star selections and simply tremendous talent, old and new.

All will be in Uncasville this Friday.

Below is the press release from the events web-site.

NCAA National Champion Coach and Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun is hosting his seventh charity all-star basketball game -- the Mohegan Sun/Jim Calhoun Charity All-Star Game -- as part of the Mohegan Sun/Jim Calhoun Celebrity Classic weekend August 8-11, 2014.

Proceeds from the game and the entire Mohegan Sun/Jim Calhoun Celebrity Classic will benefit the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at UConn Health. This charity all-star basketball game, which has been sanctioned to allow NBA players to participate, will be played at 7:30PM at the Mohegan Sun Arena on August 8th.

“I am excited to be able to once again bring so many of my former players back together for what should be a special reunion for them and for the fans of Connecticut. I am also pleased that proceeds from the game will go to fight America’s number #1 killer - heart disease," said Coach Jim Calhoun. Since 1999, the Mohegan Sun/Jim Calhoun Celebrity Classic has raised more than $6 million for cardiology research at the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at UConn Health.

The National Basketball Association is filled with former UConn and Calhoun players and all make it back to help a cause near and dear to their coach’s heart.

Let’s start with two of the players you just finished watch bring home a National Championship this spring.

Both Shabazz Napier and DeAndre Daniels are scheduled to appear in the game. Napier is now a member of the Miami Heat (sans Lebron) while Daniels is now a member of the Toronto Raptors.

Go back a bit in history and you’ll have to remember the exploits of Kemba Walker and Rudy Gay.

All Gay has done is averaged 18 plus points in his eight year career to date while Walker is an up and coming star who is putting up 16 points per game after entering the league in 2011.

How about seeing Ray Allen (if you could not see him at East Granby High School at his camp this past weekend) or Jeff Adrien or Taliek Brown?

Yeah, they’ll be there as well.

This is one loaded team. More names. Scotty Burrell, Ben Gordon (one of Patrick Tiscia’s favorites with the Chicago Bulls), Rip Hamilton, Jeremy Lamb or Donny Marshall.

Donyell Marshall, A.J. Price and Charlie Villanueva will also be on hand.

For more information or for tickets, call the Mohegan Sun Box Office or Ticket Master at 800-745-3000 or 860-674-1500.

Ticket prices range from $12-$25 dollars.

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