Simu Liu and Jeremy Lin headline star-studded basketball game for a cause in Toronto

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  • Jeremy Lin and Simu Liu are headlining the second Canadian Chinese Youth Athletic Association Celebrity Classic, a celebrity basketball game that aims to raise funds for the organization's new community center and the Jeremy Lin Foundation.
  • Over 20 Asian American celebrities, athletes and personalities are set to take part in the special event, including Hasan Minhaj, Ronny Chieng, Steven Lim, Philip Wang and Leenda Dong.
  • The upcoming game, which Liu promises to be bigger and better than the first one, is set to take place at the 2,000-seater Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport inside the University of Toronto on July 9.
  • “This year, we’re celebrating Asian Americans and Canadians who have broken barriers and achieved success in Hollywood, pro sports, music, comedy, and food. We invite the city of Toronto to celebrate with us on July 9th!” Liu said in a statement.

Basketball star Jeremy Lin and actor Simu Liu are headlining a celebrity basketball game for charity in Toronto. 

Over 20 Asian American celebrities, athletes and personalities are set to take part in the special event to be held in cooperation with the Canadian Chinese Youth Athletic Association (CCYAA).

 

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Liu shared in an Instagram post that Hasan Minhaj, Ronny Chieng, Steven Lim, Philip Wang and Leenda Dong will be among the stars joining the game. 

The event, dubbed the CCYAA Celebrity Classic, aims to raise funds for the organization’s new community center and the Jeremy Lin Foundation, which implements a range of programs that help overlooked members of the Asian American Pacific Islander community. 

The event is returning from a three-year hiatus after the inaugural CCYAA Celebrity Classic was successfully held in 2019.

“The CCYAA Celebrity Classic was a massive success when we launched it in 2019,” Liu said. “It was a celebration of diasporic Asian culture that brought together some incredible actors, musicians, and influencers from around the world—and all in support of two very worthwhile causes.”

The upcoming game, which Liu promises to be bigger and better than the first one, is set to take place at the 2,000-seater Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport inside the University of Toronto on July 9.

“This year, we’re celebrating Asian Americans and Canadians who have broken barriers and achieved success in Hollywood, pro sports, music, comedy, and food,” he said in a statement. “We invite the city of Toronto to celebrate with us on July 9th!”

Singer Alex Porat will perform during the game’s halftime break. There will also be an interactive pop-up from Toronto’s Asian night market Superfresh, a comedy night from Yuk Yuk’s headlined by Julie Kim and a variety show featuring the game’s celebrity hosts, local dance teams, artists and athletes.

 

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