Former Bruin Matt Barnes hosts Athletes vs. Cancer charity event at UCLA
By Claire Fahy, Daily Bruin, August 24, 2015
UCLA rolled out the red carpet on Sunday, welcoming celebrities and athletes from across the country to support former Bruin basketball player Matt Barnes.
Barnes, who lost his mother to Stage 4 lung cancer in 2007, hosted his third annual Athletes vs. Cancer celebrity flag football game at Drake Stadium. The event benefits Barnes’ Athletes vs. Cancer charity, which provides financial support to help families who are battling cancer.
The UCLA alum founded the charity in 2008. Now, Barnes and UCLA Teen Cancer America are working together to create a scholarship program for kids who beat cancer.
For the past three years, Barnes and rapper Snoop Dogg have teamed up for the flag football event, with each leading a team of celebrities and athletes, from NFL and NBA stars to actors and TV personalities.
“Matt Barnes is a personal friend of mine and when he lost his mom he created … this charity, so being a close friend of mine I felt like it was my job to support him and lend my celebrity … and whatever I can bring to the table and that’s what I do,” Snoop Dogg said. “We’ve been pulling this off for three years straight and we feel good about it.”
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