Los Angeles Clippers star guard Chris Paul, one of the founding owners of the new PBA League, hosts the Chris Paul PBA League All-Stars on ESPN this Sunday at 4 p.m. ET just prior to the Super Bowl.
The fifth annual fundraiser that benefits Paul’s CP3 Foundation returns to Lucky Strike LA Live in Los Angeles for the second consecutive year with a celebrity lineup that includes several of his fellow PBA League owners and PBA Tour stars.
In addition to Paul, celebrities competing in the doubles format competition include teammate L.A. Clippers forward Blake Griffin, former NBA star and ESPN analyst Jalen Rose plus PBA League team owners former NFL all-pro receiver Terrell Owens, actor/comedian Kevin Hart, comedian Chris Hardwick, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley, and Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams. PBA stars competing are Chris Barnes, Norm Duke, Jason Belmonte, Sean Rash, Osku Palermaa, Bill O'Neill, Mike Fagan and Missy Parkin.
In addition to the doubles portion of the tournament, a best-ball competition returns featuring the celebrity competitors plus actor Quinton Aaron. Williams is hoping to defend his title in the best-ball event.
In last year’s trios contest championship match, Belmonte, Hart and Paul trailed PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, Griffin and actor Jerry Ferrara by only one pin after the seventh frame but consecutive strikes by Ferrara and Griffin set up a dramatic finish heading into the 10th frame. Belmonte’s double in the 10th frame forced Weber to strike on his first shot to lock up the 187-180 victory ending Belmonte’s bid for three consecutive titles.
Celebrity bowlers who have participated in previous Chris Paul events include NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Rudy Gay and Kevin Durant; National Football League stars Hines Ward and Reggie Bush, and hip-hop stars Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Lil Wayne and Nelly.
Chris Paul PBA League All-Stars Past Winners
2012 – Pete Weber/Jerry Ferrara/Blake Griffin
2011 – Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul
2010 – Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul
2009 – Jason Couch/LeBron James