Rapper 2 Chainz to hold basketball tournament at North Clayton High

COLLEGE PARK — A former North Clayton High basketball standout is doing his part to help another former Eagles’ standout.

Rapper 2 Chainz will hold his first ever 2 Chainz TRU 2 Hoops Holiday Basketball Classic on Saturday at North Clayton, with proceeds from the concessions going to Zac Bradley. Registration and participation in the two-on-two basketball tournament is free for any youth ages 10-13

Adidas is providing a complete Adidas uniform to all participating kids.

Bradley, now a student at Clayton State University, will serve as honorary coach. Bradley was a standout at North Clayton before signing with the Lakers. He was an emerging player for the Div. II program, but a car accident in the spring of his freshman year left him paralyzed.

2 Chainz management representative Jamal Lewis said the rapper is excited about the opportunity to give back to his community.

In addition to the basketball tournament, there will be a free concert on Monday at the Tabernacle in downtown Atlanta from 6 a.m. to noon. For admission, an unwrapped toy is required.

“We are looking forward to the basketball game and concern,” Lewis said. “2Chainz will have some of his friends in the entertainment industry there. It is a good way to give back to the community.”

Before going on to a rapper career, 2 Chainz, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, was a basketball standout at North Clayton. He helped lead the Eagles to the 1993 Class AAA title, which is the last Clayton County team to win a state title. Prior to the Eagles’ 2012 region title, the 1993 region title was the last for the program.

After a standout career at North Clayton, Epps earned a Div. I basketball scholarship to Alabama State of the Southwest Athletic Conference.

The Clayton County economic development department is helping promote the event.

“Tauheed’s work in the Entertainment Industry aligns perfectly with the film and entertainment sectors of our office,” department spokesperson Tamara Patridge wrote in an e-mail. “His passion for basketball and efforts to support sports activities in our community fall directly in-line with the sports initiatives we have under way. Because Tauheed is a product of Clayton County, we are happy to help promote his charitable efforts in our community.”

Registration started on Thursday, and will continue until the games begin on Saturday. Lewis said they will probably limit registration to 150-200 youth. The tournament begins at 10 a.m.

The tournament is a part of the rapper’s Tru Foundation. To register, go email tru2hoops@gmail.com or call 855-570-1957.