Originally written on Hoops Heads North  |  Last updated 11/8/14

(Photo credit: AmirJohnson.com)

At the Toronto Raptors final home game of the NBA season vs. the New Jersey (soon to be Brooklyn) Nets on Thursday, the Toronto Raptors treated the fans to a night of fun called 'Fanapalooza', giving away prizes all night in appreciation of the fans support all season long.

Similarly, Amir Johnson did the same a couple of weeks ago at his 2nd annual 'I Roll With Amir' event where lucky fans get to enjoy food, a game, and socializing with Amir himself and some surprise guests as a personal thank you from Amir for the fans' support.

Our latest blog contributor and fellow Raptors fan, Ryan Aleong, had the chance to experience this unique & generous experience hosted by Amir. He's been kind enough to give us all a recap of an evening he won't soon forget:

"The opportunity to meet and interact with professional athletes has always been difficult. Signing events, meet & greets, or random sightings are usually the closest you can get. However, social media has helped bridge the gap between fans and the sports personalities they have grown to admire. Many athletes have their own Facebook and/or Twitter accounts and will reply to status updates or react to tweets. The evening of Monday April 16, Raptors forward Amir Johnson took it one step further by bringing 50 fans together for his 2nd annual “I Roll With Amir“ event.

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