Saints’ charity basketball game is Wednesday night, and tickets are still available

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram celebrates home run with teammates at home plate at Zephyr Field during the Ben Grubbs Foundation Charity Softball Game in Metairie, La. Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON– New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram celebrates a home run with teammates at home plate at Zephyr Field during the Ben Grubbs Foundation Charity Softball Game in Metairie, La. Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

To benefit charity, Saints players on Wednesday night are slated to participate in Black and Gold Hoops Challenge III at Jefferson Playground’s gymnasium (4100 South Drive in Jefferson). Doors open at 6; tipoff is at 7; and $15 to $20 tickets are still available.

Defensive end Cameron Jordan, running back Pierre Thomas, wide receiver Robert Meachem, running back Travaris Cadet, defensive end Glenn Foster, nose tackle John Jenkins, wide receiver Kenny Stills, cornerback Patrick Robinson and team ambassador/former kick return specialist Michael Lewis were penciled in as participants.

The Saints’ opponents in the game will be local police officers, firefighters and military members. The event will benefit Lewis’ Striding For Your Dreams Foundation, dedicated to mentoring young adults; and the healthcare-oriented nonprofit “Get Checked or Check Out!”

General admission tickets are still available and can be purchased at eventbrite.com.

The Advocate will be at the game seeking out stories to write from it. Coverage will be on Twitter @RVargasAdvocate, at www.theneworleansadvocate.com and the Thursday edition of The Advocate.