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Pros vs. Joes raises fun and funds for charities

Pros, The Sudbury Five, will take on the Joes — made up of business owners, local celebrities and Sudbury’s very own mayor — on Dec. 29 at the Sudbury Arena

The Sudbury Five are pleased to partner with the Pros vs Joes Charity Basketball event to raise money for local children’s charities on Dec. 29 at the Sudbury Arena. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. 

This game will help kick off the Five’s fourth season with a fun, family friendly event featuring local celebrities and prominent community members, as well as the Sudbury Five roster in a Harlem Globetrotter’s style of play mixed with an all-star game format.

“This is going to be a really fun event for the players, community, and charities,” said Sudbury Five Head Coach and General Manager Logan Stutz. “We are going to fully immerse our local celebrities and sponsors into a Sudbury Five game. They will play versus pros, and they will play alongside pros. There will be lots of entertainment and laughs for everyone and it’s all for a great cause. I would love for this to turn into an annual event.”  

The Joes’ roster includes local celebrities and will even feature Greater Sudbury’s new mayor, Paul Lefebvre, who will be hitting the court for a good cause. Local business members representing the Joes include Sudbury Hyundai owner/general manager Jeremy Mannella, BMO Private Wealth’s Dino Rocca and Laurentian Voyageur’s head coach and former Five member, Georges Serresse.  

The Sudbury Five are working alongside Kim Brouzes (Active Therapy + and the Sudbury Five team athletic therapist) and her committee to assist making this event a success.  

“As I embarked on my 25th year as part of the Sudbury Wolves organization and fifth year involved with the Five and as we slowly come out of a stalled fundraising drought, it was important to me to be part of something that would be remembered and help our local children that have no ability to fight for themselves,” said Brouzes. “Pros Vs Joes is the first charity basketball game in Sudbury, and we hope it’s an event that will continue to raise money. I can’t thank my community partners, our local businesses, my team and SWSE enough for all the donations, time, and effort that they’ve put into this event.”

Local children’s charities that are benefiting from this event include the NEO Kids Foundation, United Way, Northern Ontario Children’s of Families with Cancer, the Human League, and Sudbury Manitoulin Children’s Foundation.

Tickets for this event are on-sale now at the Sudbury Arena box office, online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets or by calling 705-671-3000.