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‘Obama Classic’ Basketball Fundraiser to Star Michael Jordan

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama, Michael Jordan and a group of past and present NBA stars will appear together on a New York City basketball court Aug. 22 for the “Obama Classic,” a fundraiser and grassroots sweepstakes for the president’s re-election campaign.

A star-studded, pro-Obama exhibition game will feature Carmelo Anthony, Patrick Ewing, Sheryl Swoopes, Kyrie Irving, Alonzo Mourning, among other players, the campaign said in an email to supporters.

“Hit the court with Patrick Ewing and Melo? Trade stories with the President? This is the kind of stuff your kids will tell their kids, and no one will believe it until you show them a photo,” wrote Marlon Marshall, the Obama campaign’s national field director.

Spectator tickets will be sold to raise funds for Obama’s campaign.  Donors of as little as $3 can enter to win an all-expenses paid trip to attend the game and a subsequent dinner hosted by Jordan.

The event, which was originally scheduled for a Washington, D.C., arena in December 2011, was delayed after the NBA lockout. No word yet on the venue.

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‘Obama Classic’ Delayed by NBA Return

Pete Souza/White House via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The “Obama Classic” -- an exhibition basketball game that doubles as a campaign fundraiser -- has been benched until 2012.

President Obama’s re-election campaign announced Thursday in an email to donors that the highly publicized event, which includes more than two dozen past and present NBA stars, will be rescheduled for next summer, thanks to the resolution of the pro-basketball league lockout. The game had been slated for Dec. 12.

Supporters who each paid between $200 for general admission seats and $5,000 for court side seats were told their tickets would still be honored at the future event. The Obama campaign declined to say how many tickets had been sold for the game, which was planned for an undisclosed Washington, D.C., sports venue.

“We’re sorry to delay the event, but it’s safe to say this game will be worth waiting for. It’s going to be a great time,” reads the email to supporters. It was signed by NBA stars Vince Carter, Baron Davis and Chris Paul. All three are confirmed to play in the game.

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