Tickets are $5 at the door for Friday’s barbecue, silent auction and celebrity basketball game at the SkyDome in support of the St. Albert Skyhawks trip to Cuba in December.
The silent auction starts at 7 p.m. and the game between the celebrities and lady Skyhawks tips off at 8 p.m.
The line-up of celebrities is as follows:
Jesse Lipscombe (Skyhawks alumnus/elite-level high jumper/entertainer)
Victor “The Matrix” Valimaki (UFC fighter)
Todd Storme (former Edmonton Eskimo)
Garret Doll (former Calgary Stampeder/Skyhawks alumnus/SACHS co-principal)
Cathy Rasmussen (Skyhawks alumnus/SACHS co-principal)
Mayor Nolan Crouse
Liz Jepsen (Alberta Pandas soccer head coach)
Rob Brown (St. Albert minor hockey product starred in the WHL, NHL and AHL).
Chris Scheetz (CISN Country radio host)
Baillie Scheetz (daughter of Chris Scheetz and Jasper Place spring league player)
Cam Houston (Prospects Baseball Academy/former head coach of the midget AAA St. Albert Cardinals)
Fletcher Kent (Global News Edmonton reporter)
Shane Jones (Global News Edmonton reporter/anchor)
Daryl Nixon (coach for the Shannon Kleibrink bronze-medal winning rink at the 2006 Winter Olympics)
Deanna Sullivan (Skyhawks alumna/University of Arizona track star)
Edmonton Energy players Andrew Parker, Antwon Mills, Lee Scruggs and J.R. Patrick
The celebrity coach is Edmonton Eskimos alumnus Hector Pothier and the MC is Shannon Tyler, radio host for Magic 99.
In Cuba the Skyhawks will train and play with young athletes identified as potential candidates of the Cuba national basketball program. The players are also collecting uniforms, shoes and equipment to give to kids during their stay in Cuba.
The 12th annual Fastball St. Albert Invitational Tournament starts 6 p.m. Friday at the Meadowview and Mission diamonds.
Twenty-nine teams from across Alberta and Saskatchewan are entered in the squirt, peewee and bantam A level event. More than 350 males and females from ages 11 to 16 will participate. Fastball St. Albert is represented by the bantam Angels, peewee Angels and two squirt Angels teams. Calahoo also has five teams competing in four divisions.
The squirt boys and girls play their round robin games at Mission and the peewee girls and boys and bantam girls and boys are at Meadowview. All the divisional medal finals are scheduled for Meadowview at 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Visit www.fastballstalbert.com for more information.