In partnership with Dunk Cancer, the Orlando Magic announced Wednesday that Victor Oladipo will use his prize money from competing in the Slam Dunk contest at NBA All-Star Weekend to do good. Specifically, Oladipo will donate that money to three different charities focused on cancer research: the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, the Children's National Medical Center, and the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.
"It's an honor and privilege to be chosen for the Slam Dunk Contest and what better way to celebrate than share my good fortune with others through my partnership with Dunk Cancer," said Oladipo in a written statement. "It was difficult to choose one charity to donate my earnings to and ask fans to help raise money for, so I chose three based on locations close to my heart."
Oladipo attended high school in Hyattsville, Maryland, not far from the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, and later attended Indiana University. And now, as an Orlando Magic star, he's in Florida Hospital's proverbial backyard.
Fans who wish to support Oladipo's effort to Dunk Cancer can do so by visiting www.dunkcancer.com, where they can purchase shirts and hoodies which read "DUNK CANCER." The shirts come in three colors--one for each team for which he's played--while the hoodie is black with white lettering. The items will be available for 72 hours beginning Thursday, February 12th at noon Eastern.
Oladipo will use his Twitter and Instagram accounts to promote this cause, as well as to announce "surprises and giveaways" with the #dunkcancer hashtag.