Dunk It: LeBron James, NBA and Sprite Stop in Cleveland for Slam Dunk Contest

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Sprite and the NBA are touring the country in search of the best amateur dunker with a creative spark, and Cleveland is the next stop on the quest.

The competition will stop in Cleveland, OH on Saturday, May 29th at Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City during Marc's Great Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival Universal City Walk from 4-7 p.m.

19 Action News has learned that Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James will be on hand at the event.

If last year's competition is any indication, area dunkers will showcase some impressive skills, including Tomahawks, Windmills, Alley Oops…and maybe even something never seen before.

The competition, which is open to all local dunkers ages 18 and up, will be judged by a panel that includes NBA legend Darryl Dawkins and dunker Carlos "Los" Smothers, the runner-up in the 2010 Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown.

The first-place winner will receive $1,000 and a chance to compete for $10,000 and the title at the 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown. The championship event will be judged by LeBron James at NBA All-Star in Los Angeles Feb. 18-20, 2011.

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