GLENDALE — Throughout its first half-decade of play, the Stars Shooting For Hope charity basketball game, featuring a squad of celebrities versus a team of teachers representing the Glendale Unified School District, has featured close contests while raising money for the Desi Geestman Foundation. The sixth installment, played Friday night on the court at Hoover High School, yielded more of the same.
“It’s just great to come out here for a good cause,” Hoover football Coach Matt Andersen said. “Anytime you can get this many people in the gym and celebrities coming out for a good cause [it’s a good thing]. It’s just nice being out here.”
PHOTOS: Teachers and celebs square off in charity basketball game
The Glendale Unified squad, with an assist from NFL player Hamza Abdullah, who joined the teachers for the evening, broke away from a tie game in the fourth quarter to pull out a 46-38 victory over the celebrity team while raising the most money in the event’s six-year history.