By Wesley Coburn
Local citizen Stephen Robertson, a former Harlem Globetrotter, has the opportunity to take part in the East Meets West Charity Game in Los Angeles, California on February 13 at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center.
But to compete, Robertson must raise $500 for travel expenses, and donations from the community are welcomed. Donations may be dropped off at the offices of Okmulgee Main Street and the Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce.
The game will be part of the lead-up to the NBA All-Star Weekend, which culminates in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center. It celebrates the bonds being made between the U.S. and China, is presented by Anthem Communications, and benefits the Steve Francis Foundation, which strives to create educational and recreational opportunities for at-risk youth.
One of the teams will be coached by former NBA player Jellybean Bryant, father of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
Robertson is the husband of Okmulgee High School graduate Dawanna Robertson, and the father of reigning OHS Homecoming Queen Sydnee Robertson.
The NBA All-Star Game will feature Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, as well as former Thunder players Kevin Durant (Golden State), James Harden (Houston) and Victor Oladipo. It will be on televised on TNT Sunday, February 18, at 7 p.m.