Above The Rim With The NBA

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As a Canadian, I love hockey. Of course I do. Another sport I love? Basketball. Not only because my oldest son is an awesome basketball player, but also because it's a super fun game.

I was so excited to attend my first! ever! NBA game last week, thanks to Marriott Rewards. My husband and I enjoyed the game in a sweet suite which was catered (wine and basketball and Golden Palace egg rolls? Perfection!) and full of great energy and people. And also, awesome music. Basketball and music go hand in hand, I think.

The legendary former NBA player Chauncey Billups hung out with us in our suite, too—I took a picture with him (he even called me sweetheart, and he was so nice) and I got his autography for my basketball loving brother-in-law. (Thanks, Billups!) (You're welcome, Sean!)

After the game, we hit the after party. And it was a great time, despite the fact that the Raptors lost the game. (We were all on a high, though, because even though the Raptors lost, the Blue Jay won, so there was plenty of reason to celebrate!)

We had the chance to get up close and personal with this, too—the Stanley Cup of the basketball world. Yes, it was the real deal, and yes, I almost spilled my drink on it. Big oops. It was a great night, with so much energy. I wish we always had NBA game to go to in Ottawa, but I guess this just means I'll be visiting Toronto even more often than I already do. I'm a die-hard fan, now.

Marriott, in case you didn't know, has teamed up with the NBA as the Official Hotel Partner of the 2015-2016 NBA Global Games and Marriott loyalty members are being rewarded in a huge way: with exclusive access to NBA games and events going on across Canada. (This is why the Raptors played in Ottawa, and will also be hitting the court in other cities, too.) Not only do Marriott Reward members get to watch an NBA game in their city, they'll also enjoy a private meet-and-greet with an NBA player and attend a post-game reception. Like we did!

If that wasn't enough, Marriott Rewards members can also enter the #AroundTheWorld sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip and tickets to an upcoming NBA global event—a pretty awesome deal, if you ask me.

Disclaimer: I received compensation for my posts and complimentary tickets to the NBA game in Ottawa. This is a sponsored post, but all views and opinions are my own. 
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