L-r: Coach Andre Cobbs, Juaquin Hawkins, Alastair Baird (little boy), Keith Closs, Tony Farmer, Marcus Hill and Sheila LaRue.
On March 25th, a select few former NBA players joined coach Andre Cobbs of United Recreational Sports and C-1 Group for a charity basketball event. Held in Los Angeles, CA, the basketball game raised money for the Philippines typhoon relief, a tragedy that occurred in December 2011 and took the lives of thousands of Filipinos.
Brooklyn Park native, Marcus Edward Hill, formerly of the NBA D-League team Springfield Armor, was on the roster. Hill’s participation in the game gave him the opportunity to hoop with some NBA greats and international ballers who came from the Philippines for the charity event.
“I’m really thankful to have had the opportunity to take something that I love like basketball, and use it to help other people around the world,” Hill stated. “What happened in the Philippines was a tragedy— I can’t even imagine what they’re going through right now. I think it’s a great thing when you can pull together a strong team and we’re all able to stop, reflect and do something huge to help out our fellow brothers and sisters. I’m just really happy to have been a part of that.
Other players who participated in the event included Keith Closs (Los Angeles Clippers) Corey Benjamin (Chicago Bulls), Juaquin Hawkins (Houston Rockets), and Tony Farmer (Golden State Warriors). In addition to the basketball game, there was also a silent auction and plenty of musical entertainment. A day prior to the game Hill and the other players spent the afternoon at a church block party benefiting the Typhoon Relief in an effort to promote and further assist in raising money for this cause.
“All of the week’s events really spoke to me and the work I already do with youth in our community in Minnesota, so I was glad to get the call to come out to Los Angeles and participate in something this important,” Hill said.
Hill has recently done some mentoring and volunteer work with local organizations like Youth Determined to Succeed, The Boys and Girls Club and Inner City Impact in Chicago. His mission has always been to encourage others to look towards the road ahead, even if they’re not where they want to be now.
To prepare for the game, Hill spent the week in Los Angeles training with the creator of the charity event, Coach Andre Cobbs. Cobbs has trained his roster of clients to be in top competitive shape for film roles as well as important tournaments. His clients include Jamie Foxx, famed boxer Manny Pacquiao, and now Marcus Hill.
Hill’s workout regimen for the week included multiple runs up and down a monstrous mountain, to a new age and redefining work out at the Crystal Fitwell Clinic where the machines are look like something at a NASA space center. Hill eased in 15 points and 8 assists while playing 24 minutes of the game.
Currently Hill is looking to play professional basketball internationally, and is keeping his eyes and ears open for the right opportunity out there.
To follow Marcus Hill on his basketball journey, visit: www.theevolutionofmarcushill.com