As college basketball fans are studying their March Madness brackets, hoping their top picks make it to the Final Four, U.S. troops in the Middle East and Germany will be taking their game to the courts and challenging some of today’s top entertainers to a friendly game of hoops.
Lead by multi-faceted entertainer Nick Cannon, the USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour will be a welcome distraction from the day-to-day activities of deployment and will help to keep troops, serving far from home, connected to home – by delivering a taste of March Madness to them.
“This is an amazing opportunity for us to show our love and support for the men and women who serve our country and their families,” said Nick Cannon. "It’s going to be a good time for everyone and I can’t wait, I’m really excited to kick-off my first USO tour. "
Joining Cannon for the all-star games are Power 106 radio personalities Big Boy and DJ E-man, platinum recording artist Baby Bash, actors Arlen Escarpeta and NaNa, professional athlete and dunk specialist AirDogg as well as music mixologist DJ Thirty Two. And the fun won’t stop there. Courtside entertainment will include a halftime show with performances from N’Credible – Cannon’s record label – artists R&B singer Kristinia DeBarge, up-and-coming boy band 4Count and members from the newly signed hip-hop band PWD, delivering a halftime show that’s sure to have something for everyone.
This trip will mark the third USO tour for DJ’s Big Boy and E-man, both of who have previously traveled to Kuwait and Iraq in 2008 and 2010. In total, Big Boy and E-Man have lifted the spirits of more than 6,800 troops stationed abroad. This will be the second USO experience for Baby Bash, who visited more than 5,000 troops on his first USO tour in 2008 to Kuwait and Iraq with current tour mates Big Boy and E-Man. This will be the first USO tour for Cannon, NaNa, Escarpeta, AirDogg, DeBarge, 4Count, DJ Thirty Two and PWD.