CHICAGO — Chicago welcomes the best of the NBA to town for All-Star weekend.
The glitz and glam surrounding the weekend is a huge draw, but the NBA is also highlighting the importance of service.
Friday, some all-stars took time to give back to the community.
400 people helped sort food donations at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Among them, Chicago’s Very Own Anthony Davis. He was one of dozens of all-stars who showed up for the day of service and helped repack food donations.
Former Chicago Bull, Ron Harper, also attended with his family.
“I’ve played in Chicago for five years. It’s a great place and whatever we can do to share our time to help our folks we’re going to do it,” he said.
It was the largest single-day volunteer event the food depository has ever hosted.
Jim Conwell of the Greater Chicago Food Depository said the food will be sent out to 700 food pantries and soup kitchens across the area.
“We’re just really proud that we have this opportunity to highlight the issue of hunger in our community,” he said. “And show people how easy it is to give back and roll up your sleeves to help provide a meal for someone who might be your neighbor at risk of hunger.”
Saturday the all-stars have morning practice and then compete in the skills competition at United Center.
Tickets for the All-Star game at the United Center on Sunday were starting at around $800 each Friday. Getting in for the popular dunk and three-point contest Saturday might set you back $500.
It has the NBA issuing a warning about counterfeit tickets and merchandise.The authentic souvenir jerseys have a hologram tag and so do the tickets, which should only be obtained through the NBA or licensed brokers.
The Navy Pier Ferris wheel is lit up like a basketball because NBA crossover started Friday morning, and will run all weekend.
For just $20, fans can experience food and fun and maybe run into a current or former player.