STREETBALL icon Grayson Boucher is excited to once again touch base with his Filipino fans almost 10 years since his first visit to the Philippines.
Known as “The Professor”, Boucher first came to Manila in 2004 as part of a streetball world tour. This time, Boucher is traveling with the Ball Up Streetball All-Stars who will play against a local selection in a charity basketball event for homeless Filipinos families on November 5 at the MOA Arena.
The Ball Up Streetball All-Stars will banner Team Gawad Kalinga to be coached by former NBA MVP Allen Iverson.
They will be battling Team PCWorx led by former PBA stars Jerry Codiñera, Marlou Aquino, Renren Ritualo and Willie Miller, UAAP players including Season 77 MVP Kiefer Ravena of Ateneo, NCAA stars, with former NBA players Eddy Curry and DerMarr Johnson as reinforcements.
“I'm most looking forward to the crowd energy during the game. I remember the games I had in Manila about 10 years ago. They were incredible because the fans were so excited!” said Boucher in an e-mail.
“I'm very aware of the popularity of basketball in the Philippines. Mainly because of social media. A huge percentage of my (online) viewers and international fans are Filipinos,” Boucher stated.
“It's an incredible experience and an honor for me to work with Allen because he was one of the first players I tried to emulate on the basketball court. When I was in 6th grade, I was known as the little white kid with the crazy AI crossover. So his career had tremendous influence over how I played and how my game developed as a youth.”
“To my Filipino fans, I am very thankful of your support and truly appreciate it. And I'm humbled that God is allowing me to return to the Philippines to play once again, more than 10 years after my first time visiting there. Look forward to seeing everyone soon!”
Tickets to the “All In” charity game presented by PCWorx are available online at www.smtickets.com, SM Tickets outlets and select PCWorx branches.