At the inaugural Black College All-Star Basketball Game & Celebrity Extravaganza last year, the 14,000 spectators far exceeded John Pace's expectations. He predicts even more fans will turn out for its sophomore outing, thanks to such added attractions as scantily clad pompom girls and a Kill Bill star.
The daylong blowout starts with a high school cheerleading competition, followed by tip-offs between Cleveland's male and female high school all-stars. At 4:30 p.m., a celebrity team -- led by actress Vivica A. Fox and Browns wide receiver Dennis Northcutt -- will warm up the court before the big game at 6:25 p.m. That's when a 12-player team from black colleges (including Hampton and Tuskegee universities) squares off against opponents from Cleveland State and other Ohio universities.
And, Pace says, watch out for some of the players, like OU's Clay McGowan and John Carroll's Peter Cook. "They have great talent and possibility," notes Pace. "But they've operated under the sports-media screen." Not anymore. Among the fans will be dozens of NBA and European basketball scouts looking for their next superstars. It all starts at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at Gund Arena, 100 Gateway Plaza. Tickets are $24 to $50; call 216-241-2121. -- Cris Glaser
Junk in Your Trunk
Unload your old sports gear at Lake Farmpark.
From old scooters and rollerblades to bicycles built for two, Bill Plessinger has watched it all go up for sale at the Summer Sports Expo & Swap Shop. The expo is essentially a huge yard sale of unwanted sporting equipment, with demonstrations of camping, kayaking, and geocaching tossed in for good measure. Here's how it works: Slap a price tag on your item, haggle with an interested buyer, and keep the money (less the 20 percent you give to Lake Metroparks). "And believe it or not," says Plessinger, the Metroparks' recreation supervisor, "we get rid of most of the stuff." It happens from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Lake Farmpark, 8800 Chardon Road in Kirtland. Admission is $6; call 440-256-2122. -- Cris Glaser