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From Choke Hold to Charity: MMA Stars Coming to Team Jamesy Basketball Tourney!

JAR of Hope is staging a very special event next week – The Team Jamesy 2nd Annual 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament!

From 6-10 p.m. on Friday evening, April 15, children from second through twelfth grades will be playing in a tournament (against kids their own age) hosted by the Manalapan Englishtown Middle School. And there will be some very special guests in attendance, too!

Who are these special guests? None other than Frankie Perez, one of Mixed Martial Arts’ biggest stars, and a native of New Jersey! And another colorful MMA star, Dante Rivera. These two big stars will meet, greet, and sign autographs. And you’ll be in for another special treat – they’re also playing in some of the games!

The tournament is being sponsored by Rare Disease Report, Club Metro, and Monroe Sports Center. And for a $20 donation, your kids will get to play in the tournament, meet and talk with the MMA personalities…and bring home an autograph!

You’ll have the opportunity to watch your children use their own muscles to help children suffering from a muscle-wasting disease. And all the proceeds go to Manalapan-based JAR of Hope.

Registration for this fun event is going on right now. To register, all you have to do is go to

“I’m very excited about participating in this event,” says Frankie Perez, the pride of Howell, NJ. “I’m a New Jersey boy. If I can do something to help another New Jersey boy – along with the other little boys who suffer from Duchenne – I’m proud to be a part of it. And it’s going to be a lot of fun, too!”

It’s going to be a great evening…especially for the kids!

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