All-star event an all-out success at Dajoh

SIX NATIONS – NBA entertainer Q-MACK and his performance buddies showed kids last week that you don’t have to look athletic, to be athletic.

World Slam Dunk Champion JusFLY performed several jaw-dropping slam dunks for the loud crowd last Thursday night, including one where he jumped over top of a young man’s head and still completed the dunk. Photo by Jayson Koblun

Q-MACK and his pals; World Slam Dunk Champion JusFLY, Canadian Beatboxing Icon Scott Jackson, Breakdancing Legend James Murphy and Freestyle Soccer Tricks Champion Avalos, lit up the Dajoh Youth and Elders Centre in Ohsweken Thursday June 29 with world class tricks, tips, games, fun and entertainment.

Entertainment, with an important theme.

“The underlying message today was really just about trying your best and using the summertime for good as opposed to just swimming and barbecues and Mr. Freezes all the time,” said Q-MACK, who grew up in Brantford, Ont. with ties to Six Nations. “Maybe learn how to use your time a little more constructively and pick up a new skill.”

Freestyle Soccer Tricks Champion Avalos taught some of the audience members one of his freestyle tricks; balancing a soccer ball between your shoulder blades and walking forward. Photo by Jayson Koblun

Q-MACK said that it would be a good idea for kids to learn a new skill, whether it be from beatboxing to dancing, or juggling to basketball tricks, or, something completely different.

“We just wanted to encourage the kids that ‘hey, everybody’s an all-star, everybody has some talent and some skills, you’ve just gotta discover when at yours are,” he said.

Q-MACK said he wanted to give the kids in the community the chance to end the school-year with a bang.

“I thought, ‘why not bring out all of my friends and performance buddies out here and put on a show for all the kids on the last day of school?’ so here we are, June 29, the last day of school. Free food. Entertainment was on the house. I hope they had a great time tonight, I know our crew had a fantastic time out here. Every time we come out to Ohsweken we just can’t wait to come back.”

Q-MACK took some time to thank the generous sponsors who helped with the event and donated prizes; Six Nations Elected Council, New Directions Group, Six Nations Health Services, and the Dajoh Youth and Elders Centre.

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