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October 26, 2015 (Virginia Beach, Virginia) - The Virginia Athletic Council (VAC) is proud to announce Mrs. Flora Allen-Hopson as the Keynote Speaker for its 2nd Annual Benefit and Gala, November 10, 2015.  Allen-Hopson, mom of NBA champion,
Ray Allen, is probably best known for cheering her heart out for her son from the sidelines while sporting a signature "bedazzled" number 20 or 34 jersey.  She will share her experiences and expertise on a range of topics including how to maintain a parent’s role while raising a high-profile athlete, commitment to community service and more.

Flora Allen-Hopson might very well be the most well-known mother of an NBA athlete. Proudly donning the jersey of her son, Ray Allen, she has attended almost every game, home and away, that her son has played during his in NBA career. The mother and son's relationship was on full display when Allen became the NBA's All-Time leader in 3-point field goals February, 2011. After making his 2,561st 3-pointer against the Los Angeles Lakers, Allen celebrated and proceeded to shake the hand of the previous record-holder, TNT NBA Analyst Reggie Miller. Immediately after, Allen went over to his mother Flora and the two shared an incredibly emotional and passionate embrace. Anyone watching the game truly understood that the depth of this mother and son relationship was there long before this life in the NBA.

As an NBA mom, Flora has had the opportunity to inspire many people young and old.  Whether it’s a Boston Marathon or other charitable events, Flora is always up to doing something good for others. In 2010, she participated in
The Mothers of Professional Basketball Players annual conference where they raised money for several charities. In 2012, Flora was compelled to complete her third consecutive Boston Marathon in which she, along with her team of 12 others, grossed $62,000 for the Joslin Diabetes Center.

“We are thrilled to host Flora Allen-Hopson at this year’s Gala,” said Seth Fitch, President and Founder of the Virginia Athletic Council. “Without question she embodies the dedication, wisdom and charitable spirit necessary to navigate the challenges embedded in today’s world of amateur and professional athletics.”

The VAC annual fundraising event honors superb community service and exemplary sportsmanship illustrated by a particular high school, their athletes, coaches and administration during the school year.  This year, 2015 President’s Community Service Award recipient Jim O’Sullivan, Sheriff for the City of Chesapeake, Virginia and 2015 Sportsmanship Award recipient Floyd E. Kellam High School will be honored the evening of November 10, 2015, at the Traditions of Las Gaviotas, Chesapeake Golf Club in Chesapeake, Virginia.

About the Virginia Athletic Council
The Virginia Athletic Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity established to mentor and assist athletes prior to, during and after their athletic careers, helping to ensure preparation for middle school, high school, collegiate and/or professional athletic endeavors. The (VAC) provides guidance to men and women student athletes about academic requirements, social pressures, sportsmanship, media relations, consequences of unlawful behavior, finance and how to reach their full potential.

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