Columbus Short is still taking his shot at big-time fame, but he’s taking a time-out for basketball.
Short, who starred in last year’s “Stomp the Yard,” is one of the players/stars participating in a celebrity basketball game Saturday at Municipal Auditorium. The game, the most public part of the Kansas City Magic All Star Weekend for the Clay Johnson Foundation, features musicians, actors and other stars who play in or have some affiliation with the Los Angeles-based NBA Entertainment League.
And what can audiences expect to see from a court full of entertainers?
“Oh, they’re going to see a show,” Short said of the game.
Besides Short, Kansas Citians should see Faison, Flex Alexander (“One on One”), R&B singer Tank; and Frankie Delgado and Brody Jenner from “The Hills.”
Short and company will be helping out the Clay Johnson Foundation, which “started as an initiative to help young people like Clay who grew up without resources”.
This is a bit of a homecoming for Short, who also played in last year’s game. He was born in Kansas City and spent his first five years here before the family moved. He still has family here and said he visits when he can. At the moment, though, he’s just playing ball.
“Working on films takes up 100 percent of your time,” Short said. “I did a lot of work this year, so I’m kind of taking a break.”