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In only its second year, of the Professional Basketball Combine (PBC) has decided that it's time to give back and create change in the community. The PBC has partnered with Pledge It to launch the inaugural Professional Basketball Combine: Rising to the Challenge fundraising campaign to benefit PeacePlayers.

"At the PBC, it's not just about showcasing and preparing athletes for the next step in their basketball careers, but about empowering them to be good people and citizens. We felt it was not only important for us to support such an important cause, but to give our players a vehicle to show their involvement and support. Pledge It was the perfect partner for us to work with to really create maximum exposure and impact," explained Jake Kelfer, PBC's Founder and Director.

Every player who participates in this year's combine will have a custom fundraising page created for them by Pledge It, whose unique performance-based capability will allow them to engage fans, supporters, friends, family, etc. in pledging for every inch of their vertical leap at the combine. Supporters can also give a one-time flat donation. There is also a general donation page for those that want to support the campaign overall.

PBC has selected PeacePlayers as the official charity partner and beneficiary of Rising to the Challenge. All of the proceeds from the campaign will benefit PeacePlayers mission to use the power of sport to unite, educate and empower young people to create a more peaceful world. Specifically, campaign efforts will go towards PeacePlayers work in cities across the US.

In 2017, after more than a decade of award-winning work internationally, PeacePlayers launched new, year-round programs in the US with a focus on changing perceptions, building youth leaders and contributing to the development of safe and thriving communities. PeacePlayers looks to expand opportunities and support for youth and their communities, and is currently operating year-round programs in Baltimore, Brooklyn, and Detroit, with programming in Chicago and Los Angeles launching over the summer of 2018. Each of these communities faces unique challenges, and PeacePlayers works with local partners including law enforcement to break down barriers, empower young people, and create more space for understanding.

"We decided to team up with PeacePlayers because we believe in what they stand for. We hope to serve as a catalyst to aid with their growth in America and provide even more opportunities for kids around the globe," said Kelfer.

To follow and support the Professional Basketball Combine: Rising to the Challenge campaign, visit pledgeit.org/for/pbc

For more information on the Professional Basketball Combine visit professionalbasketballcombine.com

For more information on PeacePlayers visit www.peaceplayers.org

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