Mourning breaks the bad-boy mold with a charitable heart and a mission to do well in the community.
Showing moxie with a courageous battle against focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a rare form of kidney disease, Mourning is devoted to helping at-risk children who because of poverty start life with few opportunities to thrive. To counter negative influences such as drugs and crime, Mourning has been raising money and creating change. He helped found the Overtown Youth Center, and for the eighth time he brings his annual fundraising blowout, Zo's Summer Groove, to the Miami Arena and Parrot Jungle Island.
The laughs continue the next night at An Evening in Paradise, a dinner celebration of fabulousness honoring Bill Cosby and hosted by former NBA stars Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith. Cosby will be on hand and may even address the party with some of his witty and recently controversial observations. The party starts at 6:30 Saturday, July 17, with cocktails at Parrot Jungle Island (1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island). Tickets cost $250.
Zo keeps the vibe going when he hosts his signature All-Star Block Party, where dance contests, music, food, and family-style mayhem take center stage. DJs play while genuine barbecue and cornbread sustain hungry revelers. The street party starts at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, July 18, at the American Airlines Arena. Admission is free.