Basketball Stars compete in Topspin Charity Ping Pong Tournament at The Palazzo Las Vegas

Basketball Stars compete in Topspin Charity Ping Pong Tournament at The Palazzo Las Vegas
On Saturday, July 18, Chris Paul hosted the Third Annual TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament presented by IHG Rewards Club at The Palazzo Las Vegas (Pictured: Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving – Photo credit: © Patrick Gray / www.KabikPhotoGroup.com). 

Spectators watch C.J Watson and John Wallace at the 2015 TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament
Spectators watch C.J Watson and John Wallace at the 2015 TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament

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The event, hosted at Lagasse’s Stadium continues to grow year after year, and this year is no exception with a 24-player bracket.

2015 TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament Group Shot
2015 TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament Group Shot

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Among the players joining Paul and battling it out for ping pong glory were:

  • Al-Farouq Aminu
  • Alan Anderson
  • Trevor Ariza
  • Harrison Barnes
  • Sam Cassell
  • Spencer Dinwiddie
  • Julius “Dr. J” Erving
  • Langston Galloway
  • Eric Gordon
  • Willie Green
  • Bernard James
  • Courtney Lee
  • Jordan Mickey
  • Nerlens Noel
  • Paul Pierce
  • Shawn Porter
  • Jerome Randle
  • Steve Smith
  • Jerry Stackhouse
  • John Wallace
  • C.J. Watson
  • Jerome Williams
  • Mike Woodson
Chris Paul at the TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament
Chris Paul at the TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament

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The tournament was emceed by actor and comedian Chris Spencer.

Coach Mike Woodson Plays in the 2015 TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament
Coach Mike Woodson Plays in the 2015 TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament

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Many wanted to dethrone Chris Paul, who was crowned back-to-back champion the past two years, but it looked like he was poised for a three-peat. He staved off his opponents and ended up facing Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell in the finals. Cassell showed off his ping pong skills and handily eliminated Paul in a best-of-three final.

Eric Gordon signs shirts for kids from the Jump For Joy Foundation
Eric Gordon signs shirts for kids from the Jump For Joy Foundation

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Guests at the event were treated to samples of Chris Paul’s wine collaboration with ONEHOPE Wine, which launched that night, and participated in a silent auction that included memorabilia signed by Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Stephen Curry, John Elway, Clayton Kershaw, Warren Moon, and more. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction will benefit TopSpin, the Chris Paul Family Foundation, and the Jump For Joy Foundation.

Chris Paul presents Sam Cassell with the 2015 2015 TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament trophy
Chris Paul presents Sam Cassell with the 2015 2015 TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament trophy

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Prior to the kickoff of the ping pong tournament, kids from the Jump For Joy Foundation were treated to a gondola ride through the Grand Canal at The Venetian with some of their favorite athletes.

Willie Green Rides Gondola with kids from Jump For Joy Foundation
Willie Green Rides Gondola with kids from Jump For Joy Foundation

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Eric Gordon Rides Gondola with kids from Jump For Joy Foundation
Eric Gordon Rides Gondola with kids from Jump For Joy Foundation

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Al-Farouq Aminu taking selfies with kids from the Jump For Joy Foundation
Al-Farouq Aminu taking selfies with kids from the Jump For Joy Foundation

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Chris Paul with kids from the Jump For Joy Foundation
Chris Paul with kids from the Jump For Joy Foundation

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Jerome Williams on the 2015 TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament Red Carpet
Jerome Williams on the 2015 TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament Red Carpet

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Shawn Porter on the 2015 TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament Red Carpet
Shawn Porter on the 2015 TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament Red Carpet

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C.J. Watson on the 2015 TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament Red Carpet
C.J. Watson on the 2015 TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament Red Carpet

Photo credit: © Patrick Gray / www.KabikPhotoGroup.com.

Jerome Randle on the 2015 TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament Red Carpet
Jerome Randle on the 2015 TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament Red Carpet

Photo credit: © Patrick Gray / www.KabikPhotoGroup.com.

Willie Green on the 2015 TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament Red Carpet
Willie Green on the 2015 TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament Red Carpet

Photo credit: © Patrick Gray / www.KabikPhotoGroup.com.

The Chris Paul Family Foundation strives to impact the communities it serves by using its resources and passion for philanthropy to enhance and promote education, health, sports and social responsibility for youth and families. In 2005, Chris established the Chris Paul Family Foundation, in honor of his late grandfather, to provide scholarships for kids to attend Wake Forest University.

Guided by the principle that every child deserves access to a well-rounded, quality education, TopSpin seeks to provide the necessary resources for underserved youth in the United States to succeed. Since inception over six years ago, the organization has hosted events that have raised more than $2 million and have funded 17 nonprofit partners. Find out more at TopSpinCharity.com.