Captain of the Ghost Ballers, Ricky Davis and the Ricky Davis Legacy Foundation hosted the Ball Out Celebrity Weekend from September 24th through 26th, an event raising money and benefitting the youth of the Houston area.
The primary mission for the event was to benefit the foundation’s Legacy STEAM Academy Initiative. The Academy that will be located in Houston, Texas is a S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) based learning lab and community center dedicated to serving low-income and at-risk communities.
The three day event kicked off with a golf tournament at Tour 18. Golf teams were made up of 4 players which had 1 celebrity per team and aiming to win a new car with a hole in one. 3 Headed Monsters big man, Mamadou Ndiaye made an appearance to help support the event. Former BIG3 player for Killer 3’s, Eddy Curry, participated in the golf tournament.
Day two of the weekend was a Casino Night featuring Blackjack, Craps and Texas Hold’em. The night also featured a silent auction in which all proceeds went to the Ricky Davis Legacy Foundation.
The last event was the first annual celebrity softball game. The softball game featured seven time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady and current BIG3 reigning champion Stephen Jackson. The softball game was a family fun event that featured more than just the game with activities and live entertainment.
Ricky Davis created the charitable event after participating in various events for years. Davis decided that he wanted to create his own event to benefit a cause near and dear to his heart. “By supporting this event, together we can make a huge impact to create a better Houston area community,” Ricky Davis on Instagram.
The Ball Out Celebrity Weekend isn’t the only event hosted by The Ricky Davis Legacy Foundation. It joins the Dribble Out Hunger Campaign that promote health and wellness in homeless and disadvantaged communities. The Dribble Out Hunger Campaign started in the summer of 2018 during the BIG3 season and travelled to cities the BIG3 played such as Chicago, Oakland and Detroit. Ricky Davis is no stranger to giving back to the community, he has hosted a basketball camp for kids that goes beyond basketball and teaches life lessons. In 2018 the Ricky Davis Legacy Foundation hosted the Houston Swing and Bling golf tournament to raise money for diabetes and mental health awareness. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ricky Davis started the Feed Your City Challenge where he raised money to provide fresh groceries and essential PPE for communities across the country.