Ben Wallace joins Capitol Square Classic to fight cancer

Ben Wallace joins Capitol Square Classic to fight cancer

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The seventh annual Capitol Square Classic tipped off on Monday night at VCU's Siegel Center. This featured basketball games featuring members of the Virginia House of Delegates, Senate, Governor's Office, lobbyists and special guests to benefit the Massey Cancer Center and the fight against the disease.

This year's special guest was former Virginia Union and NBA star Ben Wallace. Wallace the floor with the House of Delegates team to help the cause, one that has hit home for the four time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Wallace said that his older brother passed away from prostate cancer a couple years ago, so this is a good chance for him to stand tall and lend a hand.

Governor Terry McAuliffe was in attendance, coaching the Governor's Office team, while many other state lawmakers took part as well. The VCU Peppas were also on hand to provide the music, and the VCU cheerleaders and Rodney the Ram also joined the fun.

As of Monday night, more than $21,000 had been raised through the event for Massey Cancer Center, beating last year's total by more than $10,000. It also beat the record for the event's fundraising by about $6,000.

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