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BOWLING’S A SLAM DUNK: NBA Star Griffin Shows Off On The Lanes

Add NBA superstar Blake Griffin to the growing list of roundballers who seems to have an affinity for the other hardwood. Griffin, the former collegiate player of the year, NBA All-Star, NBA Rookie of the Year and winner of the NBA Slam Dunk contest, was an integral player in not one, but two charity bowling events this past summer and fall.

The 6-foot 10-inch member of the Los Angeles Clippers participated in his team’s annual charity event, the BasketBowl Challenge, at Keystone Lanes in Norwalk, Calif., with proceeds benefiting the LA Clippers Foundation and local children’s charities. In August, Griffin used bowling as a vehicle to raise money in honor of a lifelong friend who died earlier this year from Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Griffin’s Bowling Down Cancer event, staged at AMF Moore Lanes in Moore, Okla., drew a sellout crowd of 400 and raised more than $100,000 for Stand Up to Cancer research and a scholarship fund in the name of his fallen friend, Wilson Holloway. “Blake’s an outstanding young man,” said Holloway’s father, Willis.

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