Dwarf Basketball Team The Statesmen Defeats Celebrities 75-72 (WITH VIDEO)

Actor Martin Klebba and the Statesmen, a dwarf basketball team, faced off against local sports celebrities in a charity game at Oakland University.

The Statesmen, a world-renowned dwarf basketball team, pulled off a 75-72 victory against the celebrity squad in a back-and-forth showdown in a charity game Sunday at .

Actor and Zach Roloff from Little People Big World play for the Statesmen, and they host charity games against local sports players and media personalities to benefit the Coalition for Dwarf Advocacy (CODA).

Thousands of dollars were raised for CODA through ticket and poster sales, a 50/50 raffle and an after party at .

Rochester entrepreneur Colin McConnell organized the game with Klebba. The two are lifelong friends from their days at Troy Athens High School. 

"The game was amazing. The Statesmen had won the crowd's hearts and became the true celebrities by the end of the game. It proves the size of the person doesn't matter," McConnell said.

McConnell felt the turnout was great given the timing of the game where a lot of people are out of town on spring break.

"We even had people come from Ohio, Indiana and Chicago," McConnell said.

Be sure to watch the video for game highlights and a clip of "The Spare Tires" halftime performance.

The celebrity team included Mojo from Mojo in the Morning, former Detroit Pistons Rick Mahorn and Don Reid, NFL player T.J. Duckett, and Gator from 97.1 The Ticket.

Mahorn coached the celebrity team, and Reid showcased his dunking ability multiple times during the game.

Roloff and a few others, including former Detroit Lions wide receiver Herman Moore, were unable to attend the game due to scheduling conflicts.

Patrick Mulrenin April 02, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Congrats to Colin. He did a great job. The game and all the entertainment was fun to watch. I glad my family was able to attend.
lars nordberg April 02, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Kudos to Colin!!! What a great family event. My son and I loved the game! !!!
Renee Perkins April 02, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Way to go Colin! You should be very proud!!


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