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#WCChoops Hosts Kids Day Block Party

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Throughout the course of the 2015 WCC Basketball Championships, #WCChoops Columnist John Crumpacker will be posting mini-profiles and features to go along with his daily "What We Learned" postings.

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By John Crumpacker
#WCChoops Columnist

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The lull between the last of six WCC women's tournament games and the start of the first two men's games on Friday afforded the conference a window of time for its 7th annual Kids Day Block Party just outside Orleans Arena on a street blocked off for the occasion.

The event, which drew nearly 650 children from the Las Vegas area, served as a benefit for the After-School All-Stars program in the Clark County School District. With conference members lending some of their players and cheerleaders for the occasion, kids practiced basketball skills like dribbling and shooting but seemed to take the most enjoyment out of dancing with the cheerleaders.

A point of emphasis for the Kids Day Block Party was staying active and eating healthy. Participating kids received an event T-shirt, gear bag and a nutritious meal before coming into the arena to watch the quarterfinal game between San Francisco and Pacific.

"I hope our Kids Day inspires the more than 780 participants to stay active and make smart food choices that will help them achieve a good future,'' WCC Commissioner Lynn Holzman said.

The press workroom could have used some of those smart food choices. Available for consumption by media members covering the event were chips, popcorn and pie in addition to regular meal service.

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