Announcing the H206 Charity Basketball Classic to be Held in Seattle on July 23

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A PLUS Youth Program Presents a Professional-Level Basketball Game with Past and Present Seattle Sports Legends

“This game is something I want to be a part of,” said Seattle native Brandon Roy. “This community and these fans, they deserve this. I’m asking everyone to come out and celebrate with us so we can make this an annual event!”

The A PLUS Youth Program presents the H206 Charity Basketball Classic, a state-wide public celebration showcasing the contribution of basketball to the Pacific Northwest. The game will be held at KeyArena on July 23rd, 2011, at 2 p.m., and will feature current professional basketball players and Seattle legends. Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster.com, and range from $15 to $150. Discount tickets will also be available at the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club in Seattle. Participating players will be announced in the weeks leading up to the event.
“The overwhelming support that A PLUS has received for this charity game is a true testament to the passion for basketball in this area, as well as the positive energy that it brings to this community and to all generations,” said Tavio Hobson, founder and executive director of A PLUS Youth Program. “We’re fortunate that so many skilled basketball players are from Seattle, and we commend these hometown heroes for participating in this game and for being so loyal to their city, their fans and these kids. This will be the first time that a lot of these children will have the opportunity to experience a game of this caliber while sitting courtside, something they will never forget.”

A year in the making, this event will feature a pregame celebration that will give fans an opportunity to see a three-point competition, skills challenge and half-court shot. The halftime show will be an opportunity to honor players who brought the city of Seattle its first and only men’s basketball championship. Invited honorary guests include names such as Lenny Wilkens, Fred Brown, Jack Sikma, Gus Williams, Paul Silas and Wally Walker. Now, more than 30 years later, the fans will get the opportunity to say “thank you” to these legends for putting Seattle basketball on the map.

“This game is something I want to be a part of,” said Seattle native Brandon Roy. “This community and these fans, they deserve this. I’m asking everyone to come out and celebrate with us so we can make this an annual event!”

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – Saturday, July 23, 2011

Noon – 2:00 pm     Public Rally (location to be announced)

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm     Pre-Game Celebration (KeyArena)
            3-Point Competition, Skills Challenge, Half-Court Shot

3:30 pm         H206 Charity Basketball Classic (KeyArena)
            *Game Halftime Ceremony with VIP Guests

10:00 pm         Official Event Celebration – “Party Like It’s 1979”

For frequent updates on the H206 Charity Basketball Classic, public can visit http://www.Hoops206.com, as well as connect on Facebook (Hoops 206 Charity Basketball Classic) and Twitter (@h206game / #h206.)

A PLUS Youth Program
The A PLUS Youth Program has partnered with Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club to form a top-level select basketball program that also incorporates rigorous educational support. Their combined program focus is academic success, character and leadership development, healthy lifestyles, skill development and accessible computers. A PLUS brings an in-depth program model and talented staff. The Boys & Girls Club brings a state-of-the-art facility, infrastructure and a pipeline of children and teenagers. The joint effort was initially an 11-month pilot program during the 2009-2010 year for boys in grades 5 and 6. In the fall of 2010, the program expanded its services to boys grades 4 through 8, and in fall of 2011, will expand to youth girls in the Greater Seattle area.

For media inquiries or one-on-one interviews please contact Wendy Ogunsemore at wendy(at)247strategies(dot)com or Kim Staninger at Kim(at)KimStaninger(dot)com.

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