Chris Paul’s CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational Airs Today at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN

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ESPN has moved up the time for airing of Chris Paul’s CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by Bowlmor AMF from 4:30 p.m. ET to 2 p.m. ET on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1). The telecast will also be increased from 90 minutes to two hours.

The CP3 fundraiser, which will again include a diverse group of celebrities and PBA Tour stars, has become a tradition on Super Bowl Sunday and will air from AMF Bowl-O-Drome in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, Calif. Proceeds from the special event benefit charities supported by Paul’s CP3 Foundation.

In addition to Paul, the celebrities competing in the made-for-TV event include comedian/radio and television personality Nick Cannon, comedian/talk-show/podcast personality Chris Hardwick, former NFL All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens, Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams and rapper/hip-hop artist French Montana.

PBA Tour players competing will feature the five PBA World Championship finalists (winner Mike Fagan plus, Wes Malott, Stuart Williams, Ronnie Russell and Todd Book, who finished second through fifth respectively) and PBA stars Pete Weber, PBA Hall of Famer and 37-time PBA Tour winner; Jason Belmonte, reigning PBA Player of the Year and 10-time PBA Tour winner; Chris Barnes, 2007-08 Player of the Year and 18-time PBA Tour winner; Sean Rash, 2011-12 Player of the Year and eight-time Tour winner and Bill O’Neill, a five-time Tour winner and 2010 U.S. Open winner.

The telecast includes the Celebrity Super Clash round where all six celebrities compete in a one-ball eliminator round with the bowler with the lowest pinfall eliminated. The PBA players will bowl the PBA Super Clash to determine the top four PBA/Celebrity doubles pairings that will compete for the title.

Paul, an accomplished bowler, founded his CP3 Foundation in 2005 as a tribute to his late grandfather, Nathaniel Jones, and the Winston-Salem, N.C., community where he grew up. The foundation has provided funding for activities ranging from a scholarship program to food drives to recreational support programs for children in under-served communities.

Celebrity bowlers who have participated in previous events include fellow NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Blake Griffin, Rudy Gay and Kevin Durant; National Football League stars Michael Strahan, Hines Ward, LaMarr Woodley, Jack Del Rio and Reggie Bush; hip-hop stars Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Lil Wayne and Nelly, and comedian/motion picture star Kevin Hart.

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Chris Paul CP3 Celebrity Invitational Past Winners

2013 – Chris Barnes/Chris Hardwick

2012 – Pete Weber/Jerry Ferrara/Blake Griffin

2011 – Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul

2010 – Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul

2009 – Jason Couch/LeBron James

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