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Atlanta Hawks celebrate 'Star Wars' with special basketball charity night

Everyone is celebrating the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, including Atlanta's NBA team, the Hawks.

Last Wednesday evening, the Hawks dedicated their entire game against the Philadelphia 76ers to commemorate Star Wars. The event featured giveaways, special floor routines and an exclusive extended trailer of The Force Awakens. A portion of each ticket sale also went to help fund a young fan's wish of experiencing a Hawks game.

Fans were encouraged to dress up for the event, and many fans took the opportunity to take pictures with Stormtroppers, Jedis, and Ahsoka Tano.

The invasion begins... pic.twitter.com/Rq60xvj9z9

— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) December 17, 2015

#TrueToAtlanta pic.twitter.com/y3ifU1jHnS

— GRETA LEWIS (@GRETALEWISLUPUS) December 17, 2015

The Hawks cheerleaders also took part in the Star Wars event. Each cheerleader got to wear either a Princess Leia dress, a Jedi cloak, or a Stormtrooper uniform. They performed a choreographed dance sequence to a hip-hop remix of the Cantina theme song during half-time: 

Our cheerleaders dancing to Star Wars music while wearing cool costumes, you must stop what you're doing to watch: https://t.co/3nPO6o0zxs — Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) December 17, 2015

The Atlanta Hawks also spent the evening tweeting Star Wars references, some to keep score, some to taunt their opponents, the 76ers.

11-2, the lead is! pic.twitter.com/DUbmuemPZv — Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) December 17, 2015

.@Sixers But touched it last, you did: pic.twitter.com/v8gcAf5Z9U

— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) December 17, 2015

A good quarter, that was! pic.twitter.com/n6reakTu9I — Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) December 17, 2015

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