NBA ALL STAR GAME
HONURARY BALL BOY
Wednesday, March 20, 1993, 25 years ago, the Wilmington News Journal carried a
story about Michael Cunningham, then 13 years old, going to Peeples at Rehoboth Mall
with his grandmother, Sarah, where there was a box for entries in the Levi's Big Shot
Sweepstakes with the top prize an all expense paid trip for four family members to the
weekend of the NBA All Star Game in Salt Lake City.
It did not cost anything, so he entered his name on the entry blank and deposited it in the
Later, his father, a Delaware State Trooper, got mail that his son was a winner in the Levi's
Contest. They did not say it was the grand prize, just a winner. Winners received a basketball
and official NBA pin. A chance of winning was 310,000 to 1 and Michael was randomly
chosen as grand prize winner.
The trip was an experience of a lifetime dream come true. At Salt Lake the weekend included
an old timers game, a three point shoot out, and slam dunk contest, plus the All Star Game
where the winner was honorary ball boy. Mike got Larry Johnson converse sneakers, a NBA
jacket, pants and shirt. He also received a baseball cap that he had autographed by the
Western Conference all Stars and Julius Erving who was o the same flight back home.
Abstract March 20, 2018 by Harrison H. for www.iinni.blogspot.com & facebook page
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