DeMarcus Cousins Hosts ‘Boogie’s Comedy Slam’ Charity Event
By Avah Taylor for avahtaylor.com
On Thursday, January 5, DeMarcus Cousins held his first ever “Boogie’s Comedy Slam” at the historic Sacramento Memorial Auditorium.
Four thousand people, including many of his teammates, attended the sold-out benefit comedy show, which was hosted by funny man Tony Roberts and featured performances by Lil Duval, Gary Owen, Arnez J, Benji Brown, Kountry Wayne, and local comedian Mars Parker.
All of the proceeds from the event will go directly to various youth charities and non-profits in the city. “I came up with the idea to have the comedy show but my team they did an incredible job of putting it together,” said DeMarcus, who hopes to host #BoogiesComedySlam annually.
Although he is rarely recognized for the charity work he does, the #NBA baller remains actively involved in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, and the city of Sacramento.
Last December, he took 200 kids to Target for his 5th annual Santa Cuz Holiday Shopping Spree and gave each of them $200 to spend on Christmas presents. Not to mention, he has been hosting free summer basketball camps since 2012. He also donates $1 million of his salary to families and the community of Sacramento.
The Sacramento Kings center, known as Boogie by many, said his main objective is helping underprivileged kids because he was one of them growing up. “Kids are our future,” said DeMarcus. “If we really care like we say we care, these are the people we need to steer in the right direction. I’m just trying to make a great path for these young kids.”
DeMarcus Cousins to Host Comedy ‘Slam’ to Benefit Charity
DeMarcus Cousins is not only a NBA All-Star, 2x Gold Medalist and the face of the Sacramento Kings franchise, but he is also stand up comedy junkie. This January DeMarcus will be hosting his first ever “Boogie’s Comedy Slam” and has assembled his own roster of All-Star Comedians to bring to to capitol city. Boogie’s Comedy Slam will feature a line up of some of the biggest comedians in the game: Arnez J (Shaq All-Star Comedy Jam), Gary Owen (BET Comic View, The Gary Owen Show) , Tony Roberts (HBO Def Comedy Jam, BET Comic View, Sacramento Native), Lil’ Duval (MTV Guy Code, Hip Hop Squares), Benji Brown (BET Comic View, MTV Wild ‘N Out), Kountry Wayne (Vine Star) + surprise guests.
January 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM
1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
“When I’m not at the gym, I’m pretty much a home body, always watching comedy shows and stand up comedy specials. So I brought together some of my all-time favorite comedians to come out to Sacramento and put on a show. I think it’s going to be something fun for everybody while also benefiting our city.”
100% of proceeds will also go to local charities/non-profits
• Interview opportunity with DeMarcus/Comedians January 4th and 5th
• Event will feature a Purple Carpet and will be open to media
• High resolution photos will be available by request after the event
Boogie, who won a FIBA gold medal in 2015, can now add an olympic gold medal to his collection.
DMC and Team USA cruised past Serbia in a 96-66 rout in the gold medal game to cap off the 2016 Olympics. Boog finished with 13 points and a game-high 15 rebounds in the final game. During the tournament, DMC averaged 9.1 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting over 60% from the field.
“It’s an incredible feeling,” he said. “It’s all worth it in the end. All the B.S., everything we went through, everybody kind of went through their own type of adversity. We all overcame it. This is the best feeling ever. Honestly, it’s the best feeling ever.”
DMC was 3-for-5 from the field and 7-for-9 at the line. Six of his rebounds came on the offensive end, and he also had two assists and two steals.
“We were a confident group,” Cousins said. “We had some rough patches in the beginning of the tournament. We overcame it. We corrected our mistakes. We bettered ourselves from our mistakes. We came together as a team.”
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Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is among 12 players who have been selected to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, announced by USA Basketball today.
“The opportunity to represent my country at the Olympic Games is one of the greatest honors I’ve experienced in my career,” said Cousins. “I’m excited to contribute towards USA Basketball’s winning legacy and continuing its tremendous reputation around the world.”
REACTION TO BOOGIE MAKING THE SQUAD
DeMarcus teamed up with VSP Global to host his 4th annual Elite Skills Basketball Camp in Sacramento, CA. The camp was held at Sacramento High School and gave the opportunity to 200 under-privileged youth to attend the camp free of charge. Boogie will be hosting another free basketball camp with VSP in his home town of Mobile, Alabama later on in September. Each kid also got to go home with a picture with DeMarcus, an autographed poster, Nike Vision sunglasses, Shockdoctor mouth guard, Skullcandy headphones, and more!
The camp attracted the likes of new Sacramento Kings Coach Dave Joerger and Sacramento native and Memphis Grizzly Matt Barnes who both spoke to the campers about the importance of hard work, listening to your coaches, and the importance of education. Coach Joerger even joked with the kids and asked about how he should coach DMC next season. “Should DeMarcus be able to shoot 3’s next season?” Joerger asked the kids. “Ok. How about I let DeMarcus shoot as many 3’s as he gets blocks. If he gets 3 blocks, he can shoot 3!”
VSP’s 45’ ft. mobile clinic was also on display and open throughout the camp offering comprehensive eye exams and free eye glasses to all those who needed them.
“At VSP Global our mission is helping people see so we want to provide access to as much high quality affordable eye care to as many people in the world we can.” said Jim McGrann, president of VSP Vision Care. “We do it through events like the Demarcus Cousins Cousins Camp. This camp is a tremendous event where its free to the kids attending and we provide eye exams and eye glasses to anyone to requires it. At the end of the day it’s all about helping people see.”
“I’m excited about the partnership with VSP again this summer to help children in Sacramento,” said DeMarcus Cousins. “Seeing clearly is critical to kids and professional basketball players alike, on and off the court. This is a great opportunity to provide much needed care to kids in need, while helping them build their skills.” said DeMarcus Cousins. “Me growing up I wish I would have had a chance to interact with an NBA player. This is just my way of giving back to them.”
DeMarcus closed out camp Thursday by presenting a Sacramento High School staffer, Jairon Jackson, and VSP Global President Jim McGrann each a community assist award for their dedication to assisting the local community in Oak Park. Sacramento High School and St. Hope Public Schools presented DeMarcus with a “Community MVP” award for his dedication to helping the local community in Sacramento.
In his second straight year selected to the NBA All-Star team, DeMarcus Cousins solidified his place among the NBA’s elite throughout the entire All-Star Weekend. The 6th year center took center stage on All Star Saturday night as he dazzled the crowd during his first appearance in the ‘Skills Challenge’. With a great showing in the first round, DeMarcus beat fellow UK alum Anthony Davis to advance to the semi-final of the competition. In the semi-finals DeMarcus narrowly lost to another fellow UK alum, Karl Anthony-Towns who eventually went on to win the competition.
On Sunday, DeMarcus had the opportunity to participate in the All Star game and showcase his versatile game among the game’s best. DeMarcus entered the game in the second quarter and quickly sank his first 3 pointer. He finished off the quarter with 9 points on an array of drives, alley-oops and dunks and filled out the stat sheet with 4 boards and 1 assist. DeMarcus is undoubtedly the top center in the NBA and will remain a fixture in the All Star games for years to come.
DeMarcus Cousins only needed 4 rebounds to pass up Chris Webber for most all-time career rebounds in the Sacramento Kings Era when he faced off in Dallas tonight . He got 17.
Cousins led five Kings in double figures with 35 points in 15 of 30 from the field along with 6 steals (career high) in a double overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
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Sunday DeMarcus took part in the Kings bike and toy giveaway at Sleep Train Arena. DMC help donate and pass out 4,000 bikes in an event that was part of the King’s “Season of Doing Good” across the Sacramento region.
Monday, DeMarcus hosted his 4th Annual Santa Cuz Holiday Shopping spree for under-privileged kids at Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento. 100 kids from the Oak Park, Del Paso Heights and South Sacramento communities were each given $200 to spend on Holiday presents for themselves, friends or family. The kids partnered with over 100 volunteers chaperoned as they spent a couple hours of Holiday shopping.
Upon completion of their shopping spree, the kids lined up to visit with Cousins, and show him what they bought with his generosity, and snap a picture with the Kings’ 6-foot-11 star.
“I grew up in these kids’ shoes – not as fortunate – I didn’t have the best Christmases,” Cousins told ABC10. “Me having my (celebrity) status, or whatever you want to call it, I’m just playing my part in giving back to the kids.”
Wednesday DMC teamed up with local sponsor Chase Chevrolet to give a family in need with a brand new car. While posing for a picture on the court with Slamson, the Kings’ mascot, DMC slowly drove the brand new 2016 Chevy Malibu donning a giant purple bow behind the family. He honked the horn, surprising the family with their new car, bringing Selena to tears.
DMC reached out to the Kings organization to select a family in need to donate a vehicle to. With a nomination from Graciela Garcia of the Washington Unified School District, they selected Maurice and Selena because of their remarkable story.
Maurice Williams and Selena Pina are raising their 3-year-old daughter Marina, in addition to Selena’s two younger twin sisters J’nay and J’nette Sims, who were twice abandoned – once by their biological mother, and then again by family friends who didn’t want them anymore. Malnourished and neglected, the twins, almost six-years-old at the time, were left at the front door of Maurice and Selena, who then contacted Child Protective Services for help.
They worked to try to get full custody of the J’nay and J’nette and raise them as their own, beginning an adoption process. In Oct. 2015, Maurice and Selena were granted full guardianship of the twins.
Thursday DeMarcus brought his Santa Cuz Holiday Shopping Spree to his hometown of Mobile, Alabama. DMC gave 100 local students a $200 shopping spree at Target so they would have a Christmas to remember.
His mother, Monique Cousins, said that ever since DeMarcus was young, one of the things he liked most was giving.
“For him to become an adult and be able to give back, that was one of his dreams,” she said.
DeMarcus mother selected the 100 students and spread the $20,000 evenly between 5 public elementary schools: Ella Grant Elementary School, Brazier Elementary, Whitley Elementary School, Robins Elementary and Collins-Rhodes.
Ten-year-old Zykerious pushed a shopping cart intently through the store with his friends, wearing an Alabama hat and grinning.
Sitting in the seat of the basket was five onesies, pink and polka-dotted.
“They’re for my baby sister,” said Zykerious. “She’s adorable, she’s 8-months old.”
His friend Damauriyon got his mother a necklace. “She gets me a lot of stuff,” he said. “I think she’ll like this.”
The 100 kids found items with the help of counselors and Target employees, helping to make sure they stayed within the budget.
DeMarcus hopes this will be just the first of many more to come partnering up with Target in Mobile.
“This year I’m doing the Santa Cuz in Alabama as well. I’m trying to make it spread. Not just in the Sacramento area but try to make it a yearly event in other areas as well.”
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DMC was named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week after leading the Kings to a 3-1 record, averaging 32.5 points (.456 FG%, .474 3PT%, .765 FT%) , 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 blocks in 36.3 minutes per game.
Cousins recorded double-doubles in three of the last four games including two of which were 30-point, 10-roubound efforts. He has recorded 30 or more points in the each of the last three games, all Kings wins.
Cousins scored a season-high 40 points in a 111-109 win vs. Brooklyn on 11/13. In the third quarter, Cousins scored 19 straight points for the Kings, the most consecutive points scored in the last 10 seasons by a Kings player.
This is the third time in his career Cousins has been named Western Conference Player of the Week. The two previous times were Jan. 13, 2014 and Nov. 24, 2014.
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DeMarcus went back to his hometown of Mobile, Alabama to team up with VSP Vision Care to host a completely free youth basketball camp at his former school LeFlore Magnet High School. 125 sponsorships were given out to Mobile youth and each camper and their families received free eye exams and glasses onboard the VSP mobile eye clinic everyday of camp. All 125 campers also got a free pair of Nike Vision sunglasses courtesy of VSP Vision Care.
While in town, DeMarcus visited with Mayor Sandy Stimpson. Mayor Stimpson and DMC spent two hours touring parts of the city. DeMarcus and the Mayor visited his old neighborhood of Toulminville (TMV) to share his vision of revitalizing Michael Figures Park. The park sits directly next to his former high school and has become dilapidated and over-run with graffiti, and it no longer serves a purpose for youth within the community.
Cousins, who played at LaFlore High School, is hoping to partner with the city to give the park a makeover. He wants to clean it up and add a new playground, as well as revitalize the basketball court, where currently one hoop is missing from the run-down court. DMC envisions turning the inner city park into something that would resemble New York’s Rucker Park and has already sought some help from current sponsor, Nike.
Mayor Stimpson awarded DMC with the “Key To The City” as well as Proclaiming August 22 and August 23 as “DEMARCUS COUSINS DAY” for his dedication to helping improve the community of Mobile, Alabama.
VSP Vision Care mobile eye clinic van all 3 days of camp. All 165 campers also were given a free pair of Nike Vision sunglasses courtesy of VSP Vision. Boogie will be hosting another free basketball camp with VSP in his home town of Mobile, Alabama later on in August.
“Working with DeMarcus to bring eye care and glasses to local children in need was a natural fit for VSP,” said Jim McGrann, president of VSP Vision Care. “The VSP Mobile Eyes program grew from relief efforts following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, where we spent time in Mobile, Ala., DeMarcus’ hometown. We are delighted to come full circle to work together to increase access to care in our now shared hometown of Sacramento.”
“Teaming up with VSP is helping kids in Sacramento and Mobile see better and provides them with opportunities they may not otherwise receive. Having good vision is critical both on and off the court” , said DeMarcus Cousins. “Me growing up I wish I would have had a chance to interact with an NBA player. This is just my way of giving back to them.”
DeMarcus closed out camp Thursday by presenting the Sacramento High School staff a check for almost $28,000 for brand new LED Scoreboards which will be up by the fall.
The NBA released the results for the 2015 All-NBA teams earlier this morning. Boogie was voted by media members to the second team with a total of 220 “points” and 18 1st team votes. In his 5th season, DMC averaged 24.1 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.5 steals. Below are the full results:
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Boogie had 24 points, 21 rebounds, 10 assists, six blocks and three steals in last night’s tight 115-111 loss to the Houston Rockets joining only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players to ever record 20 + points, 20 + rebounds, 10 + assists and five + blocks in the same game, per Elias Sports Bureau (via NBA.com/stats).
On a night full of incredible performances across the NBA, Cousins’ stat line stands out above all the others, even with Houston Rockets guard James Harden scoring a career-high 51 points to beat the Kings, while Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul had 41 points and 17 assists in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Per ESPN Stats & Info, DMC led the Kings or tied for the team lead in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, turnovers (five), fouls (four), field-goal attempts and free-throw attempts, playing a game-high 39 minutes to get there.
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DeMarcus Cousins was named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Western Conference All-Star Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, it was announced today by the NBA. Cousins’ selection marks the first time a Kings player will participate in an All-Star game since Brad Miller and Peja Stojakovic represented Sacramento in 2004. He will become the sixth player during the Sac-era, and 23rd in franchise history to represent the Kings in the All-Star Game.
“This team, this organization, myself, we have been through a lot this year. I know this is a reward for myself but one also for my team. My teammates and the organization was very happy for me and I think this positivity is an arrow in the right direction for the city, everybody. I think everyone is excited including myself and we’re ready to just build from this.”
“First person I called was my Mom! When I told her she just started screaming on the phone. She congratulated me and knowing my mom, she was teary eyed. She was extremely happy which made me happy”
In his fifth NBA campaign, Cousins is averaging 23.8 points (.481 FG%, .806 FT%), 12.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.38 steals, 1.63 blocks and 33.8 minutes per game in 32 contests, leading the Kings in scoring, rebounding, and blocks. He was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Nov. 17-23 after registering 25.7 points (.577 FG%, .773 FT%), 16.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.71 blocks per game in leading Sacramento to a 2-1 week. Cousins appears among NBA leaders in several categories ranking fourth in double-doubles (26), fifth in scoring and third in rebounding.
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DeMarcus Cousins Takes 100 Kids On Holiday Shopping Spree
December 15, 2014 Despite not fully recovered from the viral meningitis that has sidelined him for the last nine games, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins hosted his third annual shopping spree Sunday for 100 Sacramento area children from low income families.
Cousins, wearing black sweat pants and jacket, and a purple and white Santa Claus hat, distributed $215 gift cards and accompanied the youngsters as they selected presents and packed shopping carts at the Wal Mart in the Natomas Marketplace on Truxel Road. During the hour-long event that began at 6 p.m., the popular Kings star signed autographs, joked with the kids, even offering suggestions on gift choices. Before leaving, he sat on a “Santa” throne and posed for individual photos with dozens of youngsters.”
“It feels great to be out here doing this,” Cousins said afterward, “but it’s not about me.”
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DEMARCUS COUSINS MEDICAL UPDATE
SACRAMENTO, CA —- Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins underwent additional evaluation on Tuesday evening as he continues to recover from a viral infection.
Team physicians, led by Dr. Jason Brayley of Kaiser Permanente, admitted DeMarcus to the hospital for treatment and rest. His condition is improving daily and a full recovery is anticipated.
Cousins will not be in uniform this weekend, with a return to competition expected by next week.
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NBA.com —- Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week after leading the Kings to a 2-1 record, averaging 25.7 points (.577 FG%) , 16.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 blocks in 31.7 minutes per game.
Cousins recorded a double-double in all three games including a season-high tying 18 rebounds, to go along with 31 points, in a 113-101 win against Minnesota on Nov. 22. He also scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a 103-88 win, ending Chicago’s 6-0 perfect road record for the season on Nov. 20 at Sleep Train Arena.
Cousins is the league leader in rebounds per game with 12.3 to go along with 23.2 points and 1.5 blocks. He is also second in the league in double-doubles with 10.
This is the second time in his career Cousins has been named Player of the Week with the first time coming on Jan. 13, 2014 and is the 20th time a King has been honored in the Sacramento era.
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