Former UCLA basketball player Blake Arnet is organizing the first Dunk MS event on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Palisades High School, 15777 Bowdoin.
The fundraiser will feature a professional dunk contest with some of the world’s best players to benefit Multiple Sclerosis research. Participants may register at dunkms.com.
Before the contest begins at 11:30 a.m., there will be a basketball clinic for kids ages 8 to 12, a silent auction and raffle that includes signed basketballs from Bill Walton and Brandon Ingram, a Ring Camera pack- age, massage and cryotherapy sessions. No-table sponsors and in-kind donations will be available from the Lakers, UCLA Athletics, Caruso and Fiji Water. There will also be food trucks and entertainment.
Arnet, who played at UCLA from 2008-11, created Dunk MS because his mother, Brigitte Renae DeRouen-Venclik, died from the disease at age 47, when Arnet was a sophomore in college.
Arnet said, “She was the rock of the family and her independent and hardworking spirit helped so many people throughout her life. She was my best friend and role model who inspired our family to never give up and always persevere.”
He said the family has been participating in MS events, such as walks and bicycle rides, ever since his mom’s death, but with his background in basketball and coaching, “I decided to take on a new life mission alongside my family: finding a cure for MS. This is the first step.”
For more information, visit https://www.dunkms.com.