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PHOTOS: Nick Cannon, Power 106 Celebs Compete With Troops on Hoops Court

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Basketball-loving troops recently took to the court and cheered in the stands as they answered the challenge from a team of celebrities for a game of hoops, as part of a recent USO Entertainment tour to the Middle East and Germany.

Led by multi-faceted entertainer Nick Cannon and emceed by Power 106’s Big Boy, the celebrity team included: Power 106 personalities DJ E-man and DJ Thirty Two; recording artist Baby Bash; actors Arlen Escarpeta and NaNa; professional athlete and dunk master AirDogg; members of the R&B band 4Count and hip-hop group PWD.

Troops were also treated to halftime performances, which included a heartfelt rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” by R&B artist Kristina DeBarge and high-energy half-court performances by 4Count and PWD. Cannon and Baby Bash also took a timeout from the games to bring their musical talents to the troops.


Members of the Power 106 and Nick Cannon's N'Credible USO tour pose for a photo with service members before the two groups met on the basketball court during a visit to a base in the Middle East on April 17.

“What I’m enjoying most about this USO tour is the feedback we’re getting from the troops," Baby Bash said. "Everyone is having such a good time and that’s all that really matters. ... These games are just a way for us to show our respect and support and to have some fun with our troops.”


Actor NaNa, right, is shadowed by an Army defender.


Cannon, left, and SFC Donte Debrow share a laugh during the game.

“This has been an unforgettable experience so far," Cannon said. "I didn’t really know what to expect and have been nothing but impressed by our troops and their dedication. I’m so glad to be out here shaking their hands and participating in some friendly completion. My first USO tour has really exceeded all my expectations.”


Entertainer Nick Cannon hugs a service member while posing for a photo during the festivities.

* For more images of the game, go to our Flickr set.  

(USO photos by Fred Greaves / Produced by Christian Pelusi) 

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