NEW ORLEANS, La. - What happens when four of the biggest stars in sports and entertainment match up with the best bowlers in the world?
Find out Sunday when the Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational bowling tournament airs at 4 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.
You can’t get much hotter than the four celebrities who are matched with PBA stars in the third annual doubles event to benefit the CP3 Foundation.
● Host Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets last week was named a starting guard in this year’s NBA All-Star Game.
● Rapper Lil Wayne is on the cover of the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine.
● Hip-hop star Nelly’s single “Just a Dream” recently climbed to No. 1 on the pop charts.
● New Orleans Saints tailback Reggie Bush is still basking in the glow of his team’s 2010 Super Bowl triumph.
But how do they roll?
They will join Lumber Liquidations PBA Tour superstars and Storm Products staffers Pete Weber, Norm Duke, Wes Malott and Jason Belmonte to form teams for a doubles competition at Riverboat Lanes at the Naval Air Station in nearby Belle Chasse. The celebrities also face former PBA Tour Rookie of the Year Rhino Page in a special “Super Clash” match in a unique format. Each player rolls one ball each round, with the lowest scoring player eliminated until one champion is left standing.
The event, airing prior to the Super Bowl on ESPN for the second consecutive year, is to benefit Paul’s CP3 Foundation, which was founded in 2005 as a tribute to his late grandfather and the Winston-Salem, N.C., community where he grew up and starred at Wake Forest. The foundation has provided funding for activities ranging from a scholarship program to food drives to recreational support programs for underprivileged children in both Winston-Salem and New Orleans.
Paul and Belmonte are defending champions, having defeated the team of Norm Duke and Pittsburgh Steeler Lamarr Woodley when Belmonte struck out in the 10th frame to win. Woodley’s team had defeated Steelers teammate Hines Ward and Wes Malott to reach the final. Woodley and Ward will play key roles in the Super Bowl this year when Pittsburgh faces the Green Bay Packers.
The first Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational in 2008 was won by the team of LeBron James and Jason Couch over Paul and Chris Barnes. Other celebrities who have competed in the Invitational include Ludacris, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant and Rudy Gay.
For a short video promo of Sunday’s event, click on the Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational video screen on pba.com.
SUNDAY’S ESPN TELECAST AT A GLANCE
Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational
Where: Naval Air Station in Belle Chasse, La.
TV: ESPN, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, 4 p.m. Eastern (3 p.m. Central, 1 p.m. Pacific)
Tournament Format (Baker doubles - teammates bowl alternate frames):
Match 1: Pete Weber/Nelly vs. Wes Malott/Reggie Bush
Semifinal Match: Winner of Match 1 vs. Norm Duke/Lil Wayne
Championship Match: Winner of Semifinal Match vs. Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul
Bonus event: Rhino Page, Chris Paul, Lil Wayne, Nelly and Reggie Bush in a Super Clash (lowest score each frame is eliminated until one player survives).