NANTICOKE — Get ready for lift off!!

NANTICOKE — Get ready for lift off. … Professional athletes will be descending on Nanticoke this Saturday for a star-studded charity basketball game and slam dunk contest at Greater Nanticoke Area High School. The third-annual Clifton R. Lewis Good Life Foundation Celebrity Basketball Game begins at 6:30 p.m. at the school’s gymnasium. Doors open at 6 p.m. Headlining the cast of players is Pro Bowl NFL player Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, a cornerback for the Denver Broncos who played last season with the Philadelphia Eagles. Former NBA star and GAR star Bob Sura also returns to the hardwood of Northeastern Pennsylvania to play in the game, which raises money for muscular dystrophy.  Other participants include: Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Will Johnson, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver; the 5’5” dunking sensation Porter Mayberry; trick shot master Bruce Manley, vertical leap record holder Issac White; ball handling extraordinaire “Pat the Roc” Robinson, and streetball star Gary Smith, among others. Some of Nanticoke’s finest basketball alumni, including all-time leading scorers Aly Byorick and Paul Guffrovich, will also hit the court. Players will be available for autographs after the game. The event begins with a Nanticoke Area intrasquad game and then a three point shoot. A high-flying slam dunk contest serves as the lead in to the celebrity game. The Clifton R. Lewis Good Life Foundation was started by Clifton R. Lewis to help those with muscular dystrophy. A 1999 graduate Nanticoke Area High School, Lewis has Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy and the event is his foundation’s primary fundraising effort of the year. Proceeds support the foundation’s mission to help others with muscular dystrophy, from purchasing accessible equipment for those with MD to granting wishes as part of the foundation’s Dream Creator program. The program has granted six wishes, including one last year that allowed two boys with Duchenne MD a private meeting with Green Bay Packers star Clay Matthews prior to seeing a game at Lambeau Field. “Since last year’s Celebrity Game ended, we’ve been working hard to bring 13 professional athletes to this year’s event. We’re anticipating a packed gym and think that this year’s celebrity game will be the best yet,” Lewis said. “We’re so honored to have over a dozen pro athletes and celebrities coming from all across the country to support us in helping families with muscular dystrophy live The Good Life,” Lewis said.

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