MEDIA ADVISORY: Actor Boris Kodjoe, Joins Sports Legends in Inspiring Youth at My Brother’s Keeper Sports Box Dialogue in Phoenix

Actor Boris Kodjoe, Joins Sports Legends in Inspiring Youth at My Brother’s Keeper Sports Box Dialogue in Phoenix

Athletes and Executives Representing the Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Mercury and NASCAR to Appear at Free Community Event

WHAT: A panel of former professional athletes will share their stories and encourage middle school and high school students to pursue opportunities beyond the field, race track and court at the My Brother’s Keeper Sports Box Dialogue, presented by the Checkered Flag Run Foundation.

 WHERE: Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 East Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ. 85034

 WHEN: September 12, 2015, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 WHO: The panel will be moderated by the Honorable Art Hamilton.  Panelists include:

*Boris Kodjoe, Actor, Entrepreneur, and Former Collegiate Tennis Player  *Simeon Rice, former Arizona Cardinal, Three-Time Pro-Bowl Selection, Four-Time All Pro Selection and 2003 Super Bowl Champion

*Cedric Ceballos, former Phoenix Sun, 1992 NBA Slam Dunk Champion, NBA 1995 All-Star Selection *Adrian Williams, former Phoenix Mercury, 2003 WNBA All-Star Selection *Augie Ojeda, former Arizona Diamondback

 Additional guests will include:

·         T.J. Millington, former NASCAR Truck Series Driver

·         De Jon Watson, senior vice president of the Arizona Diamondbacks

·         Bryan R. Sperber, president of Phoenix International Raceway

·         Robert Sarver, owner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury

  VISUALS: The following photo opportunities will be available:       

 ·         Local sports legends (panelists and guests)

·         Local sports management executives

·         More than 500 local youth and parents

·         Alan Powell, founder of the Checkered Flag Foundation

 The Checkered Flag Run Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides educational and enrichment resources for students designed to help prepare and motivate them to seek education beyond a high school diploma. MBK: Sports Box Dialogue is one of several local initiatives aligned with President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge. The event is co-presented by the Black Chamber of Arizona, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Arizona Informant and sponsored by Superstition Springs, MESA Airlines, Rose+Moser+Allyn and ThinkZilla PR Group.

 For Media or Press Inquiries Contact: ThinkZILLA PR & Consulting Group-

 To register for MBK Sports Dialogue, Call 602-258-0831 or visit

About Checkered Flag Run Foundation 

The Checkered Flag Run Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization that makes available school readiness tools for elementary and middle school students, career educational resources such as career inventory assessment/workshops for high school students to close the gap, and serves to increase educational attainment beyond a high school diploma.