Benefit to be Held for Injured Former John Muir Basketball Player

More than a dozen teams are scheduled to play and an NBA star will make an appearance.

A benefit showcase for ailing assistant basketball coach and former John Muir High School player Joseph Frazier will be held on Sunday at the school's gym.

Frazier, 28, was seriously injured in a while riding his motorcycle in Tarzana on Aug. 25. He remains in a coma and a suspect in the incident is still being sought.

More than a dozen Southland high school teams will square off during the event and Cleveland Cavaliers center Ryan Hollins is scheduled to make an appearance.  John Muir and Pasadena high schools with both be participating.

A $10 minimum donation is suggested for attendees. Raffles for prizes will be held during each halftime and between games.

"All proceeds will be donated into a trust to support Joe’s medical bills and we want to thank everyone for their participation," said Calabasas High basketball coach Jon Palarz in an e-mail.

The event is being organized by Palarz, Hollins and Gamal Smalley, head coach of Frazier's alma mater, John Muir High School in Pasadena.

"Joseph is such a special young man and has touched the lives of so many people that we definitely wanted to help him and his family in any way we could," Smalley said.

Schedule of games for Sunday:

10:45 am  Calabasas JV vs. Campbell Hall JV

12:00 pm  Simi Valley vs. Chaminade

1:15 pm  Pacific Hills vs. Buckley

2:30 pm  TBA vs. El Camino Real

3:45 pm  Crespi vs. Royal

5:00 pm  Taft vs. Alemany

6:15 pm  Pasadena vs. Oaks Christian

7:30 pm  Muir vs. Calabasas


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