August 22nd, 2012
04:11 PM ET
President Obama heads to New York City on Wednesday night to participate in the long-awaited Obama Classic, a basketball fundraiser with current and former NBA and WNBA stars. Originally scheduled during the 2011 NBA lockout when basketball fans had nowhere to see their favorite players play, the event was canceled after the lockout was resolved and rescheduled for this summer.
As part of the event, the Obama campaign raffled off a dinner with President Obama hosted by basketball legend Michael Jordan. The two will be joined by other participants in the evening's basketball game including Carmelo Anthony, Patrick Ewing, Sheryl Swoopes, Kyrie Irving, and Alonzo Mourning. Including the winners of the campaign's fundraising raffle, approximately 120 people will attend the dinner and tickets cost $20,000 per person. After the dinner the president will join in what the campaign is calling a "casual" shoot around with some of the players.
Earlier in the day there will be two separate fundraising events with some of the players that will not include the president. The first is an autograph signing where approximately 400 people paid $250 for a chance to meet some basketball legends, and the second is a skills camp where about 100 people paid $5,000 per couple to get lessons from professional ball players.
All told the campaign is expecting to raise close to $3 million.