On Friday, September 12th sports enthusiasts will get the chance to rub elbows with NBA players, Olympians, and professional athletes at SPORTSPLEX IDAHO’S “Get in the Game” Event. Evening attendees will have the opportunity to take photos and receive autographs from the athletes. The money raised from this fundraiser will go to the building costs for brand new 185,000 square foot facility. Upon completion, the Sportsplex will feature 12 multi-purpose athletic surfaces, a state-of-the-art arena and a multitude of educational opportunities to inspire tomorrow’s leaders.
“I know I speak for our entire board when I say how excited we are to finally bring this vision to the Treasure Valley,” shared SPI’s Founder and Director, Carson Sofro. “To have some of the world’s top athletes, our community leaders, and so many distinguished guests and organizations coming together for this cause is something we are truly excited about.” Among the athletes attending, most noted is 2013 NBA All-Star, Jrue Holiday. Holiday plays for the New Orleans Pelicans and will be entering his fifth season of professional basketball. His younger brother, Justin Holiday, standout athlete at University of Washington is currently on the roster for the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Isaiah Austin, whose professional basketball career was cut short by Marfan syndrome, will also be in attendance. Austin garnered multiple Big 12 All-Conference awards and was projected to be drafted in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft. In June’s Draft commissioner Adam Silver and the NBA selected Austin with a ceremonial pick, making his boyhood dream of playing professional basketball come true.
Boston Celtics’ guard, Marcus Thornton is entering his fifth year in the NBA. Thornton holds the franchise record for most points scored in a quarter when he played for the New Orleans Hornets in 2010.
Also in attendance will be Denver Nugget’s Quincy Miller, NBA veterans Mike Harris and Felipe Lopez and Idaho’s Langley McNeal and Zach Christ of X-Games fame. NFL veteran’s Ian Johnson and Jake Plumber are also expected to attend.
FOR TICKETS TO THE GALA, PLEASE VISIT: www.sportsplex.afrogs.org