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Nick Cannon to Lead Celebrity Hoops Team on USO Tour to Middle East, Germany

Monday, April 08, 2013

Led by NBC's "America's Got Talent" host and entertainer Nick Cannon, a collection of fellow entertainers will be taking the court this spring in the Middle East and Germany for some friendly basketball games with our deployed troops. The USO Entertainment tour will be a welcome distraction from the day-to-day duties and will help to give troops a little taste of home.

(The actual dates and locations for the events will be announced later due to security purposes.)

“This is an amazing opportunity for us to show our love and support for the men and women who serve our country and their families," Cannon said. "It’s going to be a good time for everyone and I can’t wait. I’m really excited to kick off my first USO tour."

Joining Cannon for the games are: Power 106 radio personalities Big Boy and DJ E-man; platinum recording artist Baby Bash; actors Arlen Escarpeta and NaNa; professional athlete and dunk specialist AirDogg  and music mixologist DJ Thirty Two. In addition, courtside entertainment will feature a halftime show with performances from recording artists Kristinia DeBarge, up-and-coming boy band 4Count and members from the newly signed hip-hop band PWD.  

DJ E-Man said: “Here in Los Angeles, we do the Power 106 All-Star Charity Basketball games with various high schools to help them with their needs. Teaming up with the USO and Nick Cannon to bring these games and concerts to our troops will be an amazing experience. It’s truly an honor to go out and ‘bring a piece of home’ to the troops and their families abroad. This will be my third USO tour with Big Boy and we are looking forward to it. We’re going to give them a very memorable experience!”

DJs Big Boy and E-Man previously traveled to Kuwait and Iraq in 2008 and 2010. In total, Big Boy and E-Man have lifted the spirits of more than 6,800 troops stationed abroad. This will be the second USO experience for Baby Bash, who visited more than 5,000 troops on his first USO tour in 2008 to Kuwait and Iraq with current tour mates Big Boy and E-Man. For the rest of the touring group, it will be their first USO tour.

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