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Josh Hutcherson Hosts His 2nd Annual Celebrity Charity Basketball Game at L.A. LIVE

Kicking off the 5th Annual Nike Basketball 3ON3 Tournament Presented by NBC4 at L.A. LIVE, on Friday, August 9, Josh Hutcherson, star of The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, hosted the 2nd Annual Josh Hutcherson Celebrity Basketball Game Benefiting Straight But Not Narrow (SBNN), an ally organization that prepares and trains young adults on how to become allies of their LGBTQ peers.

Celebrity participants included James Lafferty (One Tree Hill), Terrell Owens (Former NFL Star), Columbus Short (Scandal), Josh Henderson (Desperate Housewives, Dallas), Cisco Adler (Whitestarr), Joel David Moore (Dodgeball, Avatar, Bones), Aldis Hodge (TNT’s Leverage, A Good Day to Die Hard), Omar Benson Miller (8 Mile, CSI Miami), Patrick Schwartznegger (Grown Ups 2), Romeo Miller (Madea’s Witness Protection, Nickelodeon’s Romeo!), Arshad Aslam (MTV’s Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous), Ben Lyons (Entertainment Reporter), Bracin Skywalker (Top Track & Field Athletes in the Nation), Brett Davern (MTV’s Awkward), Cory Hardrict (Battle LA, Warm Bodies), DJ Eman (Power 106), Drew Scott (HGTV’s Property Brothers), Edwin Hodge (The Purge), Jay Harrington (Better Off Ted), Manny Streetz (KIIS-FM), Nick Swardson (Grown Ups 2, Hell & Back) and Sinqua Walls (Teen Wolf, Shark Night) and others.

During the halftime ceremony Hutcherson honored NBA’s Jason Collins and presented him with the inaugural Straight But Not Narrow Advocate of the Year Award for his courage to further the fight for equality.

The fun-filled evening was full smiles and laughter. Constantly interacting with the audience, Hutcherson both hosted and played in the basketball game. Though his team was crushed, Hutcherson was his usual jovial self, all energy in and out of the court. He even ended the evening with a dance off with two other teammates and two more audience members.

Overall the event was a hit, raising an amazing $26,500 for Josh’s charity SBNN.