Presidential 'shoot around' at Obama Classic to raise $3 million
August 22nd, 2012
04:11 PM ET

Presidential 'shoot around' at Obama Classic to raise $3 million

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.


Topics: 2012 Election • Basketball • Campaign • Fundraising • President Obama

soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. november2012

    chump change...Romney could drop that much on the floor and not miss it. He(O'barry) won't be able to buy this election, can't run on his record, and his campaign of dirt, division, and diversion will do no good...he is finished and he knows it.

    August 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • Willis

      The chances of Mr Personalitygetting elected are the same as Racist Mitt appointing a Black to the Elders in Salt Lake, 0. They are SEVERLY a BIGOT organization & should have their tax exempt status Revoked for Dicrimination against those of Color. They think its still 1948.

      August 22, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
      • Howard

        @Willis ... Obama attended Reverend Wright's God Damn America, racist church for TWENTY YEARS !!! ... the same church which gave racist Louis Farrakhan a life time achievement award ... the same racist church where Obama swore to follow the "Black Values" policy ... which demanded allegiance to help Blacks before any other race. THAT'S RACIST !!!

        August 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
      • Lizzie

        So we have a BLACK Miss America, a Black Chamber of Commerce, Black Colleges, BLack College Funds, BLack Churches, NAACP, Black Entertainment, Black News and then we have just plain AMERICAN ...... so I wonder who is more one sided or racist.

        August 22, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Can you say AARP is into Crony HEALTHCARE Capitalism here?

        August 22, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        can you say

        Wanna sell Health Insurance across State Lines?

        BIG AARP and
        BIG PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE and
        BIG lefty American Medical Association (etc.)
        Will contribute to the BIG GUBMENT
        and WIPE OUT
        ALL of those that want to win your business for
        CHEAPER
        INSURANCE and Healthcare
        for YOU and all the Poor Folks!

        Go Figure!

        August 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Can you say CRONY CAPITALISM here?

      August 22, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Interesting words!

        Check it out!

        Music fits perfectly!!!

        August 22, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      can you say American Medical Association here?

      August 22, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        is Wipe Out All Competition ok to say here?

        August 22, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        can you say Competition here?

        August 22, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        can you say Compete here?

        August 22, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        can you say ALL THOSE THAT WANT TO COMPETE here?

        August 22, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        OBAMA is a SELF-Professed Christian and loves Jesus!

        I agree with OBAMA on this one!

        I am hoping that CNN will not cesor Barry's Christ!

        August 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      FALSE ADS: TRULY AMAZING, I FOUND AHUFFINGTON POST TITLE:IT SAID THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE HAD DECIDED TO ELECT ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT, WHEN I READ THE WHOLE STORY, THE WRITER SAID PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS AHEAD, THE RASMUSSEN POLL WAS MENTIONED. REALLY OUTRAGEOUS FALSE ADS ROMNEY IS BUYING !

      August 23, 2012 at 12:00 am |
      • Steveo

        You actually think Romney is buying anythimg from the Huffington Post? That thing leans so far left, you have to lay down to read it.

        August 23, 2012 at 8:53 am |
      • 1FreeWorld

        You can see the Fetus, here, reaching his arms to the sky!

        The Fetus, still has his hands, arms and brain!!!! ,,,,

        He has the costume of the Fella in the White House!
        Yes, the fella in the white house
        pretending to be someone that cares for LIFE....

        Barry Sotero likes PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTIONS
        such that your ABORTED CHILD made it to the FINISH LINE,,,
        But DEMOC-RATS allowed the BABY, OUTSIDE the, ummm, errr, VA GI GI,,,
        thak you Oprah for the word

        To be ABORTED!

        Where is Life Liberty and,,, UMM,, LIFE to the BABY???

        A little Photo-Shopping reveals the BABY acting like
        wHousHinne
        shooting a basketball!

        August 23, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        August 23, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Are you into the BABIES of the Blacks? the Whites? the NE grow? the Crac kers?

        Wanna Abort any of them
        (Like the Democrats (and Barry Sotero) wants to abort the Poor Babies through PLANNED PARENTHOOD)?

        August 23, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        I am thinking that Marxist Barack,,,, would like to kill his daughter's Children.

        No,,, I mean that Barry Sotero may want to
        allow his Chil'ren
        the RIGHT TO KILL
        Sotero's,,,
        ERrr,,,
        Grand Children!
        You know, the Sotero that,,,
        THE one HOLDING THE OFFICE OF THE WHITE HOUSE's
        GRAND CHIL'REN!!!

        FBI ALLERT!
        FBI ALLERT!

        THe daughters of the Occupier in the White House may want to kill the OCCUPIER's GRAND CHILDREN!

        August 23, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        August 23, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Watch this one!

        They Said EASTER in this one!

        August 23, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • BlkPwr817

      Romney can't run on his record either. That's because he refuses to tell the truth about it... Try something else....

      August 23, 2012 at 10:26 am |
      • Steveo

        Romney can't run on his record either
        --------
        You realize you just inferred Obama canot run on his record by you use of the word EITHER, right?

        August 23, 2012 at 10:52 am |
      • 1FreeWorld

        We may have elected the WRONG Obama!

        Check it out!

        August 25, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • daveyoung

      Get the Commie in Chief out of Our House

      August 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Commie, nommie, co-commie, banana-fanna O-ROMney, a real time comedy- that's ROMney.
        EVERYBODY NOW!–
        Commie, nommie, co-commie, banana-fanna O-ROMney, a real time comedy – that's ROMney.

        August 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
      • Howard

        If Cynthia L. had been around in the early 1940's, she would have been know as Tokyo Rose.

        August 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        You would have been one of the SS. Toyko Rose, is not a hero of mine but, her nemisis, the U.S. Armed Forces under F.D.R are. HOO-AAH!!

        August 23, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  2. Frank Marshall Davis

    I'd like to see Obama go one on one with any of those players, he'd get smoked.

    August 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Can you say Healthcare HERE?

      August 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        can you say PROGRESSIVE here?

        August 22, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        can you say all those that want to compete for your business HERE?

        August 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      BIG lefty American Medical Association (etc.)
      Will contribute to the BIG GUBMENT
      and WIPE OUT
      ALL COMPETITION for
      CHEAPER
      INSURANCE and Healthcare
      for the Poor Folks!

      August 22, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      THAT REMAINS TO BE SEEN. YOU SOUND LIKE A FAKE AD.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:02 am |
  3. Willis

    Yo howard, Dont be Hatin!!! tabby nackles are such Racist!!

    August 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Can you say AARP here?

      August 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Can you say Poor Folks here?

        August 22, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      BIG lefty American Medical Association (etc.)
      Will contribute to the BIG GUBMENT
      and WIPE OUT
      ALL those that want to compete for your business
      AND MAKE IT
      CHEAPER
      for your
      INSURANCE and Healthcare
      and help
      all of the Poor Folks!

      August 22, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        the word

        COMP

        pit

        TI

        iON

        is OUT of Bounds here on this blog!

        Go Figure!

        August 22, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
  4. R1983

    November2012, I think you know who is trying to buy the election and it not the President. But you better get use to it President Obama will win this election. I also think Romney is running the nasty campaign in history. This little boy scout
    he pick for VP is not going to help him , you can see that in the polls, his numbers have not move at all.

    August 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • Lizzie

      Did Romney accuse Pres.Obama of being a murderer, or that he committed a felony, or a tax cheat (ala Geithner) do who is using Chicago style gutter politics.

      August 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Howard

      You gotta be kidding ... EVERYBODY knows it's Obama and his obama stooges are the ones who have stooped to lies ... innuendos ... and mud slinging. Check out one of the lead stories on this website, about the GOP and strippers ... What an obvious biased liberal media hit job. R1983 ... you belong in 1984 with Orwell's "double speak" liars.

      August 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  5. Steve-Illinois

    Poor Willis, nothing to pull but the tired, and worn out race card. Sad!

    August 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  6. Bruce

    You guys are so cute.
    Obama all the way!

    August 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
  7. NObama 2012

    There have been black Mormons since the churchs begining, probably at least a million members today in various countries. obama's church afiliations are/were and always have been racist.

    There is a story circulating that obama played(hoops) with a bronze medalist in this fund raiser, the guy said he threw his medal in the garbage and stared in a pro-drug video that threatened people who informed against drug dealers...NOW THAT IS OBAMA! And, aparently the guy is black!

    August 22, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Can you say AARP and HEALTHCARE here?

      August 22, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        can you say

        Wanna sell Health Insurance across State Lines?

        BIG AARP and
        BIG PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE and

        August 22, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
  8. 1FreeWorld

    Can you say RICH FOLKS at AARP are engaged in HEALTHCARE Crony Capitalism here?

    August 22, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Just look it up on your favorite Search Engine!

      OBAMA ZOMBIES!

      They are out there and they want to get you!

      There is a book about it too,,,, I am not sure of the book's name, but you may find it when you search,,,

      OBAMA ZOMBIES!

      August 24, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Now this one is really FUNNY!!!

        Laughed my Butt off!

        August 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
  9. Tschrny Wolf

    I DO NOT MIND WE GOT DIFFERENT BACKGROUND AMERICANS BE OUT FIRST LADY, PRESIDENT, MISS AMERICA, PRIESTS, NUNS, ETC. AS LONG AS THEY ARE DECENT ORDINARY PEOPLE . :) I PREFER MICHELLE OBAMA THAN NANCY REAGAN :) ALSO, THE KIDNAPED ANCESTORS'DESCENDANTS HAVE BEEN IGNORED AND ABUSE IN TERRIBLE WAYS, IT IIS TIME TO LET THEM BE TREATED RIGHT AND IN THE LIMELIGHT, AS OUR TRUE BROTHERS AND SISTERS :)

    August 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Can you say across state lines here?

      August 22, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
  10. 1FreeWorld

    can you say

    Wanna sell Health Insurance across State Lines?

    BIG AARP and
    BIG PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE and
    BIG lefty American Medical Association (etc.)
    Will contribute to the BIG GUBMENT
    and WIPE OUT
    ALL COMPETITION for
    CHEAPER
    INSURANCE and Healthcare
    for the Poor Folks!

    Go Figure!

    August 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
  11. Jay in NC

    $20,000 per person? Families are on welfare and these people are spending that kind of money on lunch?

    August 23, 2012 at 3:17 am |
    • Cynthia L.

      Ha Ha Mitt's donors spend that and then some for lunch and ONLY get to LOOK at Mitt.

      August 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  12. About what we expect

    $20,000 for lunch and a game of HORSE. But remember.. Obama is in touch with mainstream Americans.

    August 23, 2012 at 8:44 am |
  13. SMH

    OMG: 1freeworld is a spybot/trojan. Discard their comments immediately.

    Obama has WAY MORE FUN fundraisers than Romney.....even though the later has more money. We'll see if money can buy Romney some MO LOVE. Cuz he isn't getting none from his campaign.

    The election is: Obama V. Paul Ryan.

    August 23, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  14. daveyoung

    Socialism and B ball, it`s like Oreos and milk. Get some.

    August 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  15. ReaiityBites

    And of course, NYC taxpayers can expect NOT to be reimbused for any additional security expenses related to Obama's visit.

    August 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  16. The GOP Voucher Plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause and a free gun to commit suicide

    You will need it when your health care money runs out.

    August 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  17. Malik Shabbaz

    Shouldn't they have a quota of white NBA players attending?? I smell racism.

    August 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm |