More Than 500 Philadelphia Youth with Asthma to Meet With Pro Sports and Hollywood Stars in Healthy Hoops Program

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Rapper/Actor T.I., Boston Celtic’s Ray Allen and Actor/Comedian Mike Epps to join 25 Other Celebrities and Players at the Charlie Mack Celebrity Basketball Game

Keystone Mercy Health Plan, The Largest Medical Assistance Managed Care Organization in Pennsylvania

More than 500 children and their families will participate in Healthy Hoops, an asthma education and management program at the Hagan Arena, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, on July 25, 2010. The program is presented by the Healthy Hoops Coalition and sponsored by Keystone Mercy Health Plan, the largest medical assistance managed care organization in Pennsylvania,

Keystone Mercy members and program participants will be provided with health assessments, including, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), height, weight and lung function testing. Participants will also receive nutrition information and demonstrations on the use of asthma control devices such as peak flow meters and spacers. Asthmatic participants and their caregivers will receive a one-on-one personal consultation with asthma experts to review recommendations for treatment and care plans to teach how to manage and control their asthma at home.

In addition to the healthcare screenings, children will be invited to meet with the celebrity players in the Charlie Mack Celebrity Basketball Game, and to attend the game, immediately following the Healthy Hoops program. More than 25 professional athletes and celebrities will be in attendance, including rapper/actor T.I., Boston Celtic’s Ray Allen and actor/comedian Mike Epps.

Healthy Hoops was created in 2003 by Keystone Mercy Health Plan in collaboration with the Healthy Hoops Coalition, whose members include Crozer-Keystone Health System, the American Lung Association, local basketball coaches and health organizations. The program uses basketball as a vehicle to teach children and their families how to effectively manage asthma, through appropriate medication usage, proper nutrition, monitored exercise and recreational activities.

Philadelphia has one of the highest rates of asthma in the nation and was ranked in 2010, by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, as the country’s eighth-worst city to live in for asthma sufferers. In 2009, the city was ranked 12th.

WHEN:     Sunday, July 25, 2009
11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. – Asthma Screenings and Information Sessions
12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. – Celebrities meet with Healthy Hoops participants
1:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. – Healthy Hoops Coaches Sonny Hill, Speedy Morris and Bill Fox run basketball drills and activities for Healthy Hoops Kids
4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. – Charlie Mack Celebrity Basketball Program

WHERE:     St. Joseph’s University
Michael J. Hagan Arena (formerly known as St. Joe’s Field House)
5400 City Line Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131


  •          500 Philadelphia Youths and their Families
  •          Michael A. Rashid, president and chief executive officer, AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies, of which Keystone Mercy Health Plan is a member
  •          Maria Pajil Battle, senior vice president of public affairs and marketing, Keystone Mercy Health Plan

Celebrities attending the game:

  •          T.I., rapper/actor
  •          Mike Epps, actor/comedian
  •          Faizon Love, actor/comedian
  •          LisaRaye McCoy, actor
  •          Essence Atkins, actor
  •          DeMarion “Raz-B” Thornton, singer/actor
  •          Affion Crockett, actor/comedian
  •          Terry Crews, actor
  •          Rebecca Crews, actor
  •          Karen Aubert, actor/model
  •          Kevin Hart, actor/comedian
  •          Marques Houston, singer/actor
  •          Lil’ Mama, singer
  •          Guy Torry, actor/comedian
  •          JD Williams, actor
  •          Theron “Chico” Benymon, actor
  •          Alex Thomas, actor/comedian/writer
  •          Brandon T. Jackson, actor/producer
  •          Heavy D, rapper/actor
  •          Allen Payne, actor
  •          Samson Styles, actor/producer/writer

Athletes attending the game:

  •          Ray Allen, shooting guard, Boston Celtics
  •          Mareese Spieghts, power forward, Philadelphia 76ers
  •          Lou Williams, point/shooting guard, Philadelphia 76ers
  •          Kyle Lowry, point guard, Houston Rockets
  •          Rasual Butler, small forward, Los Angeles Clippers
  •          Sean Singletary, point guard, Charlotte Bobcats
  •          Cedric Ceballos, Retired NBA Player
  •          Flip Murray, shooting guard, Chicago Bulls
  •          Hakim Warrick, power forward, Chicago Bulls
  •          Mustafa Shakur, point guard, Oklahoma City Thunder
  •          Lynn Greer, shooting guard, Milwaukee Bucks
  •          Lou Lloyd, retired, NBA Player
  •          Jason Thompson, power forward, Sacramento Kings
  •          Mardy Collins, shooting guard, Los Angeles Clippers
  •          Dajaun Summers, power forward, Detroit Pistons
  •          Renaldo Balkman, power forward, Denver Nuggets
  •          Donte Green, guard-forward, Sacramento Kings
  •          Tyron Lue, assistant coach, Boston Celtics
  •          Jameer Nelson, point guard, Orlando Magic
  •          Raheem Brock, defensive end, Indianapolis Colts
  •          Sonny Hill, Keystone Mercy Healthy Hoops coach, executive director of Sonny Hill Basketball League, National Basketball Hall of Fame
  •          Speedy Morris, Keystone Mercy Healthy Hoops coach, current basketball coach at St. Joseph’s Preparatory High School, and former LaSalle University basketball coach
  •          Bill Fox, Keystone Mercy Healthy Hoops coach, former basketball coach at Father Judge High School


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