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‘Beatz and Biz Jam’ uses basketball to raise money for teens

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Saturday is the fourth year of "Beatz and Biz Jam", a fundraiser to raise money to buy winter clothing for teens.

The charity game is a friendly competition between local musicians, with Portland DJs, vocalists and hip-hop singers on the "Beatz" team and concert and night club promoters and even security officers on the "Biz" team.

Participants said it's about getting performers and community leaders behind giving back.

“I think people will be very excited to see them do something athletic, something out of their usual element,” event organizer Matthew Montgomery said. “When we are seen we are usually performing up on stage or behind a DJ booth. For people to see us engaged in an activity as an everyday type of guy, I think it will be good to see.”

Proceeds from the event will help buy gloves, sweatshirts, hoodies and things to keep kids warm going into the school year.

Montgomery started the fundraiser in 2014 after he realized many events focused on helping children.

He said realized what they were going through socially by not being able to look the way they wanted, so he hopes his events help make teenagers more confident.

“I grew up with a lot of friends who were in foster care. I went to church with a number of foster children. I saw they didn't have the best of means or the best of clothing,” Montgomery said. “That's why I dedicate the work I'm doing to teenagers because that's the age that I was when I realized what they were going through.”

Saturday’s match up will be the fourth game of the series. Last year, the musicians won in overtime, but the Biz team says that won't be the case this year.

All of the proceeds will go to the Department of Human Services. Tip-off is Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the Portland Community College - Cascade gymnasium.

PCC women's head basketball coach John Slaughter will be at the game.

Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for kids ages 7 through 18.

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