Josh Hutcherson's Celebrity Basketball Game Benefiting STRAIGHT BUT NOT NARROW

On August 9, 2013, Josh Hutcherson held the second annual Celebrity Basketball Game at L.A. Live. Yes, it was a star-studded event filled with fun, excitement and laughs...all to benefit a non-profit organization that Josh holds dear to his heart, Straight But Not Narrow.

It was definitely an evening that fans could enjoy! This is the second year that my daughter and I attended this fun event...watching and cheering on our favorite celebrities on the basketball court.  We even had celebrities that played last year return this year to support this incredible cause for today's youth! Celebrities such as: Aldis Hodge, Edwin Hodge and Jay Harrington, to name a few, returned to join the fun in promoting and raising funds for SBNN!

Here's the event overview:
In 2012, the first annual Josh Hutcherson Celebrity Basketball Game benefiting Straight But Not Narrow kicked off the weekend's festivities for the Nike Basketball 3ON3 Tournament. The Hunger Games star, Josh Hutcherson, and his celebrity friends hit the court for a competitive and highly entertaining basketball game. All net proceeds from the game went to raise funds and increase awareness for Josh's charity, Straight But Not Narrow. Check out the photos from the 2012 Event. 
And now, this year, Josh Hutcherson is back with the second annual Celebrity Basketball Game!

Celebrity players:
Josh Hutcherson
Ben Lyons
Jarod Einsohn
DJ Eman
Aldis Hodge
Edwin Hodge
Manny Streetz
Josh Henderson
Jay Harrington
Bracin Skywalker
Cory Hardrict
Brett Davern
Cisco Adler
Drew Scott
James Lafferty
Joel David Moore
Dave McMenamin
Ryan Cabrera
Terrell Owens
Romeo Miller
And several other celebrities were out in the VIP lounge area cheering the players on as well!
The VIP Lounge

Straight But Not Narrow (SBNN) is a 501c3 non-profit organization primarily focused on straight youth & young adults, and strives to positively influence the perception of, and behavior toward, their LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) peers.
The Professional Version: SBNN is an ally organization that prepares and trains young adults on how to become allies of their LGBTQ peers.
The SBNN Version:  Just Be U...and encourage everyone else to do the same.
From l-r: Heather Wilk (co-founder), Josh Hutcherson (Advocate), Avan Jogia (co-founder) & Andre Pochon (co-founder)

For more information about this amazing organization, go to:

Well, back to the event! This year was an incredible turn out! It was great! Not only were fans treated to an exciting basketball game, an option for a meet & greet with Josh Hutcherson was available...and, boy, did those sell out FAST! After getting our wristbands for this event, we noticed the line of fans waiting for their moment to meet Josh Hutcherson, get a photo with him and get a signed Catching Fire poster. How cool was that! But, alas, we did not avail of such option...haha! As I looked around, I noticed that large groups of One Direction fans roaming around! Yes, there was a One Direction concert at the Staples Center as well! Every once in a while, while we waited for the game to start, we heard squeels from various groups of One Direction fans waiting for the doors to open to the Staples Center.

The Main Stage!
As the 6 o'clock hour arrived, we were allowed in to the basketball court area, and we made our way to the bleachers. The excitement was definitely building as we waited for the game to start. First one on the court to warm up was Ben Lyons!
Ben Lyons

in attendance to support his brother Drew Scott!

Josh Hutcherson making his way to the basketball court!
Josh Hutcherson
Check out the full photo album of this fun event at:
Movies, Shows & Books
To start the festivities for the evening, Alexis Keegan sang the National Anthem...and she sang it beautifully! 

Alexis Keegan sings the National Antem
Of course, one of the most exciting moment of this event was the presenting of the check! How awesome was that! Not only to raise funds for an important cause for the youth today, but to also raise awareness for their MISSION.

Check presentation  
Another memorable and exciting moment during the game was the dance off with Josh Hutcherson! Yes, one lucky fan got to dance with Josh!

Dance off!
Everyone was just having waaaay too much fun! Yeah!

For more video clips, go to:
We were absolutely giddy with excitement throughout the entire game! Everyone played a good game and had fun! However, there was a concerned moment when James Lafferty got injured; but after the medics checked him out, it didn't look like it was too serious. But, he was still out of the game...he played a good game.
This was definitely a fun-filled and exciting Friday night for a good cause! What more can I say!!??!! This is my second year going, and we have had an incredibly amazing fun each time! It was definitely worth it to support such a great cause, and be part of the excitement and fun!
Straight But Not Narrow's vision is to encourage our youths, and everyone else, to be true to yourself and others...Just Be U!
Stay connected with Straight But Not Narrow, here:
Til next year's game!
Just Be U!!! 



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