J-Rich comes home with 'Night of Champions' - WNEM TV 5

J-Rich comes home with 'Night of Champions'

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Former Arthur Hill and MSU star Jason Richardson kicks off the ninth annual Jason Richardson Charity Week with an awards reception, full of special guests.

Richardson, will host A Night of Champions: Saluting Greatness, at the Horizons Conference and Events Center, 6200 State Street, at 7 p.m.

A former Pittsburgh Steeler, Jerome Bettis, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event, with ESPN's Jemele Hill the Mistress of Ceremony.

The event will recognize individuals who've made a significant impact and championed causes in philanthropy, education and business, according to a news release.

In the area of sports, Richardson will honor his former MSU basketball coach, Tom Izzo. Members of the Spartans 2000 championship team, including Mateen Cleaves, Morris Peterson and other starters, will be in attendance to help celebrate. 

Additional honorees will include: Andrew Liveris, president, Dow Chemical; Richard J. Garber, president, Garber Group Management; Dr. E. Malcolm Field, renowned neurosurgeon; Rosa Holliday and political activist, Dr. Matthew Anderson.  

Other guests include Barry Sanders and Greg Kelser.  

"Night of Champions" kicks off the 9th Annual Jason Richardson Charity Week (July 10-13), including a golf classic to benefit United Way of Saginaw County, along with a food distribution to hundreds of families, and a free youth basketball and life-skills clinic.

Richardson is entering his 12th NBA season as the starting guard of the Orlando Magic.

Early in his career, Richardson was known as one of the most electrifying slam-dunkers in the league. In 2002 and 2003 he was crowned NBA slam dunk champion, joining Michael Jordan and Nate Robinson as the competition's only back-to-back winners.

Born and raised in Saginaw, Mich., Richardson attended Arthur Hill High School and Michigan State University.

In 2000, he helped the Spartans clinch an NCAA championship title.

The following year, Richardson realized his dream of playing in the NBA when he was drafted as the fifth overall pick by the Golden State Warriors.

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