Jermaine "JD" Dupri became a new kind of MVP when he won $50,000 during the "T-Mobile myFaves Shot of a Lifetime" charity contest on Friday, February 13, 2009 at the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend in Phoenix. The charity contest took place during an exclusive red carpet event hosted by NBA superstar Dwyane Wade and celebrating T-Mobile's involvement during the All-Star Weekend where Dupri was one of five players to shoot up to five basketball shots with the opportunity to win anywhere from $10k to $50k for the charity of his choice.
An Atlanta hometown fave, Dupri now adds to his long list of career achievements. As a producer, songwriter, entrepreneur, style guru and record executive, Dupri continues to use his fame and success to give back to community organizations that helped make a difference in the lives of young people. Upon winning the $50,000 prize, Dupri says, "I've learned a lot as a young man coming up in the ranks of the music business and saw many examples of what celebrity really means - using your blessings to bless somebody else. Not for fanfare or fame, but to be able to hopefully help someone else in need. I'm so glad to be able to use my on-the-court skills to support the Boys & Girls Club of Atlanta."
T-Mobile created the charity shoot-out to officially launch the Shot of a Lifetime national sweepstakes, which gives one lucky winner and their fave five the opportunity to play HORSE against Dwyane Wade during the Eastern Conference Finals for a chance at $50,000.
Following the celebrity shoot-out, GRAMMY®- nominated artist Katy Perry took to the stage to the delight of the crowd and as soon as Perry finished her set, Dupri turned DJ and kept the party going by spinning the latest hits well into the night.