Hip Hop Tapped For L.A. Watts Summer Games
The 39th Annual L.A. Watts Summer Games brings California communities together with help from hip-hop artists, celebrities and local dignitaries.
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Posted by Dave
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6/9/2006 6:48:11 AM
The 39th Annual L.A. Watts Summer Games (LAWSG), an interscholastic athletic competition that promotes positive interaction, respect and achievement among high school youth, commences this Saturday for two full weekends of healthy competition among more than 7,000 California high school athletes.

This year, the LAWSG will kick off with its first-ever opening ceremony featuring rising hip-hop star Ak'sent, Tony award-winner Tonya Pinkins and local dignitaries, following a brand-new 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, June 11 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The tournament will wrap up on Sunday, June 18 at the Home Depot Center with closing ceremonies featuring Lynsey Bartilson from Grounded for Life, Ricky Ullman from Phil of the Future, hip-hop artist Jeannie Ortega and an action-packed stunt show. The all-new opening and closing ceremonies, along with the 5K Run/Walk and other family-fun activities, have been added to the 2006 Games as part of a new initiative to offer more family- and community-oriented activities.

"As the Games' mission moves forward in its 39th year of helping to build bridges of understanding among California high schoolers, it seemed logical that the next step would be to provide additional activities for family members of the athletes and the community," said Michael J. Donovan III, chairman of the L.A. Watts Summer Games. "In addition to the great sportsmanship and challenging competition sure to be on display by some of the state's most promising athletes, the excitement surrounding the opening and closing ceremonies will ensure this year's Games are the best ones yet."

During the Games' weekends of June 10-11 and June 17-18, nearly 400 teams will compete in the following 16 sports at various locations around greater Los Angeles:

Girls Basketball
Boys Basketball
Girls Tennis
Boys Tennis
Girls Water Polo
Boys Water Polo
Girls Soccer
Boys Soccer
Girls Volleyball
Boys Volleyball
Track & Field

For a complete schedule of the 39th Annual LAWSG, including event dates, times and participating teams, and information about the opening/closing ceremonies, 5K and other community events, visit www.lajcc.org/lawsg.

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