On Saturday evening, Atlanta Hawks guard, Kent Bazemore held his annual Uno Tournament benefiting the ARMS Foundation at the Westside Cultural Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
The ARMS Foundation 501c3 non-profit to promote, motivate and inspire any young child who aspires to be part of the next generation of leaders. This is achieved through the creation of engaging programming, partnering with other organizations that share our ideals and offering financial assistance to help students achieve a lifetime of success.
The tournament is open to the public and you can be a spectator or a player. I opted to be a spectator this year but I have to throw my chances into the ring next year. If Uno isn’t your thing and a silent auction is more your speed, you had the opportunity to take home amazing pieces of art or sports jersey’s. There were also raffles given out throughout the evening.
The DJ always sets the tone for the atmosphere and the atmosphere was fun and light. The bites for the evening were provided by DeKalb County’s Clarkston High School culinary program. The students did an exceptional job as the food was delicious.
I’m not sure how many rounds you play until you move on but Kent stopped a few times to ask if anyone had won a round. If you didn’t you were out of the tournament. Participants that won at least one round moved on to join the other one rounders. If you won two rounds, you joined the two rounder table.
The final round was played on the table that displayed the Uno belt and trophy. If you made it to this table, you were in the big league. This isn’t your family function game of Uno. The final round was fast, super petty and intense. Never have a seen one person put down multiple cards of draw 4.
In what universe? Kent’s universe. Obviously.
I could hardly keep up so when Jessica Woghiren threw down her last card and won for her niece, Success, my reaction was on a five second delay.
This was Jessica’s and Success’ first time attending the tournament and Jessica explained why she had to step in for her niece. “I stepped in to play for Success because she was intimidated by all of the adults.” Jessica told Success not to worry and pray. Prayer works because the pair took home the Uno trophy. In addition to the trophy, Success received a pair of tickets to an upcoming Hawks game as well as free admission to next year’s tournament.
This was an awesome event and a great way to raise awareness and money for the ARMS Foundation.