Big names help Brittany Jackson support Pat Summit Foundation
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Terrell Owens headlined a group of big-name athletes putting on a show for a great cause Friday night.
The former NFL star and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga standout was among the featured guests at an all-star basketball game put on by former University of Tennessee star Brittany Jackson.
The game is part of a full weekend of events that benefit the Pat Summitt Foundation, giving Jackson a chance to give back to her former Lady Vols' coach.
"It's so great that everyone came out to help," said Jackson, who also runs her basketball academy camp for children throughout the weekend. "For them to even consider coming, a lot of them are about to get back into their seasons or camps, so they're all so busy.
"But they really care about this and wanted to come out and give their support. It's amazing."
Hundreds flocked to Bradley Central High's Jim Smiddy Arena to catch a glimpse of not just Owens, but several familiar names and faces from both near and far in the sports landscape.
Former Lady Vol Chamique Holdsclaw, current New Orleans Saints' safety Roman Harper, Tennessee Titans' linebacker Colin McCarthy, former Tennessee Vol JaJuan Smith and ex-Clemson and Bradley Central standout Terrence Oglesby also took the floor.
"I just had to make it here this year," said Holdsclaw, who is currently writing a book after wrapping up a standout career in the WNBA. "It's just such a great event because we're doing it for Pat, but we're also doing it for these kids.
"When we walked in today Brittany was running a camp and there were hundreds of kids out here on the floor. It was so fun to watch them doing drills, working and maybe aspiring to be professional athletes one day."
A team of local stars led by Oglesby and Smith beat a team of national stars headlined by Owens, Jackson and Holdsclaw 107-104 in overtime.
For more information on Jackson's camp and her cause, visit www.brittanyjacksonbball.com.