Obama Sets All-Star Basketball Game to Raise Money for Re-Election Campaign

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The "Obama Classic," scheduled for Dec. 12 in Washington, D.C., will include Los Angeles Laker Derek Fisher and L.A. Clipper Blake Griffin.

President Obama, an avid basketball fan, is hosting an all-star game with a lineup of current and former NBA  greats to raise money for his re-election campaign.

Members of the Obama Victory Campaign sent out e-mails Monday night encouraging "fans who are going through basketball withdrawal and want to support the president" to come to D.C. for the first ever  "Obama Classic" on Dec. 12. 

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Among those playing: Ray Allen, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Vince Carter, Tyson Chandler, Jamal Crawford, Kevin Durant, Baron Davis, Patrick Ewing, Derek Fisher, Rudy Gay, Blake Griffin, Tyler Hansbrough, Dwight Howard, Juwan Howard, Antawn Jamison, Dahntay Jones, Brandon Knight, Kevin Love, Jamal Mashburn, Cheryl Miller, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, Hamady Ndiaye, Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, Quentin Richardson, Doc Rivers, Steve Smith, Jerry Stackhouse, Amare Stoudemire, Tina Thompson, John Wall and Russell Westbrook.

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Tickets for general admission start at $200; $500 for the premium lower deck and $5,000 for courtside seats. Those who would like at attend as an "MVP" are being asked to contribute $35,800 per person and raise $50,000. (That includes two courtside seats, a shootaround with the players before the game, autograph session and dinner with the players following the game.)
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