HOLLYWOOD — The pre-festivities crowd at the PlayStation 2 Triple Double tournament in Hollywood broke out in applause as the Florida Marlins were crowned 2003 World Series champs. Then the real competition began.
Sixteen celebrities and athletes squared off on 989 Sports’ NBA ShootOut 2004 videogame, with the winner’s name put on a $20,000 check that was donated to the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. Org raises and distributes funds to youth service and enrichment programs.
“We knew we wanted to do something for (PlayStation 2’s) third anniversary, and really wanted to do something for the community,” said Sony PlayStation’s Ron Eagle.
The heated competition offered some interesting pairings. Where else can you see Mira Sorvino almost squeak out a win against Elton Brand of the Los Angeles Clippers?
The tourney featured screen celebs such as Orlando Bloom, Christian Slater, Don Cheadle and Shannon Elizabeth alongside Oakland Raider Jerry Porter and NBA players Jason Richardson (Golden State Warriors) and the eventual champ, L.A. Clipper Corey Maggette.
John Salley, co-host of the tournament with Sal Masekela, said, “This has to be a hell of an ego boost, sitting here playing yourself on a videogame.”
Rounding out the evening were performances by N.E.R.D., Pharell, Ludacris and Grandmaster Flash. Others enjoying the party included Vin Diesel, Crispin Glover, Eve, Paris and Nikki Hilton, Tara Lipinsky, Vince Vaughn, Chris Kattan, Melinda Williams and Sara Rue.