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Player lineup announced for CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational


The Professional Bowlers Association and the Chris Paul Family Foundation have announced the celebrity and PBA Tour player lineup for the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by GoBowling.com which will be held Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Lucky Strike LA Live in downtown Los Angeles.

Tournament host, LA Clippers guard and eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul (pictured above at the 2015 event) and Super Bowl winning Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, headline the list of celebrities scheduled to compete in the seventh fundraiser which benefits the Chris Paul Family Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education, health, sports and social responsibility.

Also scheduled to compete are former NFL All-Star receiver Terrell Owens; comedian and television personality Chris Hardwick; Olympic and World Cup soccer gold medalist Hope Solo, former all-star MLB pitcher, PBA50 Tour competitor John Burkett and Shawn Stockman of the multiple Grammy award winning group Boyz II Men. An additional celebrity will be announced soon.

Celebrity bowlers who have participated in previous events include NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Blake Griffin, Rudy Gay and Kevin Durant; National Football League stars Michael Strahan, Hines Ward, LaMarr Woodley, Reggie Bush and hip-hop stars Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Lil Wayne and Nelly, comedian/motion picture star Kevin Hart and television star Jesse Williams.

PBA Tour stars scheduled to compete in the Celebrity Invitational are:

  • Pete Weber, PBA Hall of Famer and 37-time PBA Tour winner.
  • Jason Belmonte, three-time reigning PBA Player of the Year and 12-time PBA Tour winner.
  • Ronnie Russell, three-time PBA Tour champion and defending Celebrity Invitational winner (with hip-hop star French Montana).
  • Sean Rash, 10-time PBA Tour winner and 2011-12 PBA Player of the Year.
  • Bill O’Neill, 7-time PBA Tour winner.
  • Clara Guerrero, women’s international bowling star who has a top PBA Tour finish of fourth.
  • Chris Barnes, 18-time PBA Tour winner and 2007-08 Player of the Year.
  • Gary Faulkner Jr., 2015 Rolltech PBA World Championship winner.

VIP and Premium Seat ticket packages for the ESPN taping of the event are available here.

  • $350 VIP package – Includes meet & greet, dinner, open bar, premium seat and signed pin

  • $150 Premium Seat ticket – Includes premium seat, two drink tickets and signed bowling pin.

The Celebrity Invitational begins with a red carpet ceremony at 6 p.m. PT at Lucky Strike LA Live (800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles) with the competition beginning at 7 p.m. The event will be tape-delayed and will air Sunday Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.

CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational Past Winners:
2015 – Ronnie Russell/French Montana
2013 – Chris Barnes/Chris Hardwick
2012 – Pete Weber/Jerry Ferrara/Blake Griffin
2011 – Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul
2010 – Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul
2009 – Jason Couch/LeBron James

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