From the moment he gained fame as basketball prodigy Nathan Scott on One Tree Hill, James Lafferty has been using his celebrity to help others. During the first four seasons of the show, Lafferty hosted an annual charity basketball game to help raise money for various organizations around Wilmington, North Carolina, which is where the series is filmed. The games have not only raised a ton of cash for some great causes, but they’ve allowed One Tree Hill fans the chance to meet their favorite stars in person.
On Saturday, March 29, tickets will go on sale for The 5th Annual James Lafferty/One Tree Hill Charity Basketball Game. The game will take place on April 26 in Wilmington, and will feature stars such as Sophia Bush and Jackson Brundage competing against one another.
In case the idea of seeing adorable little Jamie Scott playing basketball isn’t enough to get you to book a flight to North Carolina, many other stars will also be attending. According to OneTreeHillFans.com, the list of confirmed stars includes Bethany Joy Galeotti, Lee Norris, Paul Johansson, Stephen Colletti (Chase), and series creator Mark Schwahn. Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton have yet to confirm their appearances, but it’s quite possible they’ll stop by as well.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday for only $25. Proceeds from the event will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is an organization that helps treat children with serious diseases. The Wilmington Family YMCA will also receive part of the proceeds, as will Winni’s Garden, which assists homeless pets and animal shelters.
Not only will fans get to see the basketball game for a mere $25, but there’s also an autograph session afterwards where they can meet the stars. That’s quite a deal.