Allen Iverson. Reuters file photo
MANILA, Philippines – With a little over two months to go before his scheduled visit to the Philippines, former NBA Most Valuable Player Allen Iverson expressed his excitement to touch base with his Filipino fans again.
Iverson will be in the country in early November for a charity basketball game that benefits Gawad Kalinga, as well as a series of basketball clinics for the youth.
He will be joined by ex-NBA players Gilbert Arenas, Eddy Curry, and DeMarr Johnson along with the Ball Up Streetball All-Stars for a basketball fundraiser dubbed "All In" at the Mall of Asia Arena on November 5.
"I can't wait to see you all this November," Iverson said in an e-mail. "I'm very thankful for the opportunity to come out there and be a part of a good cause for the poor and homeless Filipinos."
"I hope all of you would come out and support us in this project," added Iverson, an 11-time NBA All-Star.
The event will be feature Iverson calling the shots for the Ball Up crew against Arenas, Curry, Johnson and a local selection to be made up of players from the UAAP, NCAA and PBA.
Iverson is currently touring the United States and holding basketball clinics. His longtime manager and close friend, Gary Moore, said it is part of Iverson's preparations as he seriously plans to venture into coaching in the near future.
"Allen is really looking forward to coming to the Philippines to meet his Filipino fans. Although he's already retired, Allen is still very passionate about basketball and loves sharing his knowledge and experiences," said Moore.
"We're sure that by visiting Manila, Allen will have a wider reach and inspire more people," he added.
Tickets to "All In" are now available at all SM Tickets outlets, PCWorx branches, and online at www.smtickets.com.
Ticket prices are pegged at P6,500 (VIP), P5,500 (Patron), P4,000 (Lower Box), P2,000 (Upper Box) and P600 (General Admission).