On Wednesday night in Atlanta, ‘N Sync hosted its first “Challenge for the Children” benefit basketball game, which drew Usher, Mase, Jermaine Dupri to the hardcourt, as well as NBA stars Reggie Miller, Kobe Bryant, and Chris Webber.The game was held on the campus of Georgia State University, and despite some less than stellar shooting by the boys from ‘N Sync (who were split amongst the two squads), the event raised an estimated $50,000 for several local charities. ‘N Sync’s management also told MTV that part of the proceeds may be donated to support relief efforts in Turkey, and the group is already considering holding another similarly themed event next year. After the final buzzer sounded, MTV’s John Norris talked with Justin and Joey from ‘N Sync about hooping it up for a good cause. “It’s just so good that we can have this much fun,” Justin said, “and then have a turnout like
this. So many charities benefit from it. When we originally had this idea, we didn’t know it would go this far, and we’re very proud that everyone came out.” [RealVideo] “We hope to make it even bigger [next year],” added Joey. “Maybe have different events and bring it to different places each time. So, hopefully we can do this every year, like an annual thing.” [RealVideo] For more on ‘N Sync’s all-star basketball game, tune into this weekend’s edition of MTV News 1515, airing on Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 9:30 a.m., and Sunday at 8:00 a.m. (ET).
– Andrea Duncan