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Jump & Ball set for August

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Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:30 am

The 10th Annual Jump & Ball Basketball tournament, sponsored by entertainer LL Cool J and state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) is scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays in August.

The event takes place at Daniel O’Connell Park on Murdock Avenue in Hollis between 196th and 197th streets.

The month-long event features basketball, double Dutch jump rope, spelling bees, golf, tennis, handball and chess.

Sign-ups are free, and aside from players the tournament is looking for coaches, youth counselors, youth programs, community businesses and other volunteers. Corporate sponsors include WellCare, JetBlue Airways and Modell’s Sporting Goods.

LL Cool J, who grew up in Southeast Queens, is a co-founder of the tournament.

He first came to prominence as a rap singer before branching out into movies. He now portrays Special Agent Sam Hanna on the hit CBS drama series “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

Information on sign-ups is available at (718) 454-0162, or (718) 978-5896.

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