“Kim’s Convenience” star Simu Liu and other Asian celebrities in Canada are gearing up for a friendly basketball match for a good cause next month.
Presented by Liu in partnership with the Canadian Chinese Youth Athletic Association (CCYAA), the inaugural CCYAA Celebrity Classic will take place at Markham Civic Centre in Markham, Ontario on Saturday, July 13 at 7 pm.
“It will be a part of a great cultural celebration in Toronto and a celebration of basketball as well,” Liu tells NextShark. “I really want to show the world what it means to stand together and support one another in our community. We’ve always known the importance of being there for each other.”
Celebrity participants announced so far include Liu’s “Kim’s Convenience” co-star Andrew Phung, “Fresh Off the Boat” star Hudson Yang, Wong Fu Productions founder Philip Wang, Wong Fu Productions creator Benson Quach, YouTube stars Bart Kwan (JustKiddingNews), Andrew and David Fung (The Fung Bros), Comedian Linda Dong (LeendaDProductions), “The Sun is Also a Star” actor Jake Choi, singers AJ Rafael and Jason Chen, Comedic Team CantoMando, Jubilee Media founder Jason Y Lee, and many others.
According to Liu, proceeds from the ticket purchases will go to the Jeremy Lin Foundation, an organization advocating youth leadership development founded by Raptors basketball player Jeremy Lin. While early bird tickets for the CCYAA Celebrity Classic have been sold out, fans can opt to be on the waiting list via this link. Tickets are sold for $30 CAD ($22.35 USD) each.
Aside from the celebrity basketball game, visitors will get to enjoy traditional Asian dishes at the Markham Civic Centre as part of Markham’s “Night It Up!” night market slated from July 12 to 14.
Featured image via Instagram/simuliu