Blake Griffin to Donate Optima He Dunked Over

NBA all-star Blake Griffin will donate the 2011 Kia Optima he dunked over during the recent Sprite competition. The move is made in tribute to friend and former teammate Wilson Holloway and will see the car go to auction to benefit cancer sufferers.

The LA Clippers forward and 2010-11 T-Mobile NBA Rookie of the Year has donated the autographed 2011 Kia Optima midsize used in his awesome dunk (see video) in the Sprite Slam Dunk at NBA All-Star 2011 for a public charity auction on to benefit Stand Up To Cancer.

The car has already been seen by millions of spectators and Youtube viewers, so there should be nothing in the way of it fetching a slam-tastic price. All the proceeds will go directly to cancer research funded by Stand Up To Cancer in tribute to Griffin's friend and former high school teammate, Wilson Holloway, who passed away this year after a three-year long battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

"I am honored to memorialize Wilson's legacy by helping to raise funds for cancer research," said Blake Griffin. "Wilson was an inspiration to everybody who knew him, and a very dear friend and teammate. I dedicated my All-Star weekend to him."

"Wilson Holloway's memory lives on through the generosity of his friend Blake Griffin. Basketball fans and all of us who have loved or lost someone in the fight against cancer can be a part of Blake's tribute to Wilson, to help fund critical cancer research that can make a difference,"
said Laura Ziskin, a cancer survivor and co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer.

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