Article: James Lafferty Hosts Charity Basketball Game

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, 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.

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  1. hello, I m’ call stéphanie, I’ have 25 years and I’ live in France. I would wish to come to pass a small stay to wilmington in the month d’ April 2009. In order to visit this charming city. And to take part in the tournament of charity of basketball. That would enable me to change d’ air and to see the actors of this series which I am since the beginning. I’ would like to know how to make to buy the tickets for this match of charity from France not only I would make a good work because I find good with their celebrity it can profit to organize official receptions of charity so to help the people reached a cancer. Thank you for thinking of those. Thank you d’ advances to take time to answer me


  2. hey i was just wondering if you knew the date of the charity basketball game for this year, 2009? im really interested(: thankss so much. by the way love your website(:

  3. Hi!
    I would also love to know when next years charity game is and how to buy tickets. I will be visiting Wilmington, but I don’t know when yet, but since I’m going to go and I LOVE OTH I would really like to meet the cast. Hence, I want to know when, where and how to buy tickets =)) I’m swedish, btw.

    Thanks :)
    xoxo //Malin

  4. I read on the one tree hill website that the charity game for 2009 was cancelled because James Lafferty was getting harassed through phone call’s and emails.