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Xbox has teamed up with the Brooklyn Nets and New York Liberty to present “Jnr.Ballers,” a digital content series hosted by 10-year-old sports journalist and New York-native, Pepper Persley. The show will use the joy and community of gaming to inspire local youth and power the dreams of basketball fans everywhere.

Jnr.Ballers Host: Pepper Persley
Hometown: New York, NY
“My dream is to be a WNBA player, then a sports broadcaster or TV show host, and hopefully an inspiration to children everywhere.”

Jnr.Baller: Hollis Hobbs
Hometown: Levittown, Long Island
“My dream is to be a basketball player.”

Jnr.Baller: Samantha Rodriquez
Hometown: Rockaway Park, Queens
“My dream is to be a pilot.”

Jnr.Baller: Lyric Leftwich
Hometown: Saint Albans, Queen
“My dream is to be a designer or published author.”

Jnr.Baller: Leah Rodriquez
Hometown: Levittown, Long Island
“My dream is to be a graphic designer.”

Jnr.Baller: Jabarii Mitchell
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
“My dream is to be a basketball player.”

Jnr.Baller: Kerick Tejada
Hometown: South Ozone Park, Queens
“My dream is to be a basketball player.”

Through a variety of activations, meetings, and experiences, six participants from the local community will work with the Nets and Liberty to create an actionable path to achieve their individual dreams.

To further their mission of powering dreams, Xbox has also committed to providing exclusive experiences to Nets and Liberty fans through a season-long sweepstakes. Enter for the chance to win:

Terms & Conditions


Brooklyn Nets Winners

  • Winner #1: 1 Nets Suite Night + 1 Team Store Gift Card
  • Winner #2: 1 Team Store Gift Card
  • Winner #3: 1 Nets-Branded Console + 1 Xbox Annual Game Pass Membership
  • Winner #4: 1 Nets-Branded Console + 1 Xbox Annual Game Pass Membership
  • Winner #5: 1 Nets Academy Summer Camp Membership

New York Liberty Winners

  • Winner #1: 1 Liberty Suite Night + 1 Team Store Gift Card
  • Winner #2: 1 Team Store Gift Card
  • Winner #3: 1 Liberty Academy Clinic Enrollment + 2 Liberty Courtside Seats with VIP Game Day Experience
  • Winner #4: 1 Liberty-Branded Console + 1 Xbox Annual Game Pass Membership
  • Winner #5: 1 Liberty-Branded Console + 1 Xbox Annual Game Pass Membership