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West Coast Conference Ready to Host Annual Kids Day Event at Basketball Championships

Feb. 28, 2013

SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- With the help of its nine member institutions, the West Coast Conference (WCC) will be hosting West Coast Conference "Kids Day" at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on Friday, March 8th from 10 a.m. to Noon. The event will benefit the After-School All-Stars program in Las Vegas and will provide 500 youth from the Clark County School District with a brand new pair of shoes, T-shirt and backpack before attending the women's quarterfinal game of the 2013 West Coast Conference Women's Basketball Championship.

The 2013 WCC Kids Day event is the fifth consecutive community service project that the Conference has put together as part of its Men's and Women's Basketball Championships. Each year, athletic directors, athletic department administrators, faculty, band and cheer groups from each institution as well as Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich and the Conference staff come together to give back to the Las Vegas community in an engaging and interactive event that begins early in the morning.

"I look forward to attending Kids Day every year," said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "As a Conference of service-oriented institutions, Kids Day is another reason for all of us to come together and celebrate the values of the West Coast Conference at our basketball championships."

This year, the West Coast Conference has partnered with Samaritan's Feet and Gameday Souvenirs to assist with providing the hundreds of shoes and T-shirts that will be distributed at Kids Day. Samaritan's Feet continues to be involved with many shoe distribution events around the world, including the upcoming NCAA Final Four week in Atlanta, Ga. Gameday Souvenirs, the official supplier of WCC championship gear, will outfit the kids in customized event shirts.

"Our membership has really rallied around this event, and it has become a huge part of what we do in Las Vegas," said Director of Marketing and Community Relations Stefanie Ordoveza. "We also always look forward to the energy the After-School All-Stars bring into the building as they cheer on their favorite teams in the women's quarterfinal."

Since 2009, WCC Kids Day has served over 3,600 students from the After-School All-Stars program. This event is part of a larger conference-wide initiative, in which the Conference office hosts a community service event in connection with its six WCC Championships --- baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, rowing and tennis. For more information on Kids Day, the 2013 West Coast Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships, and other championships, please visit the official Conference website at WCCsports.com.

About the West Coast Conference
The West Coast Conference was formed in 1952 and has evolved and grown to become a nationally recognized and competitive force in Division I intercollegiate athletics, with 13 conference-sponsored sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, women's rowing, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis and women's volleyball. The WCC is characterized by the stability of its membership and its unique emphasis on combining excellence in athletics with excellence in academics.

About After-School All-Stars Las Vegas
After-School All-Stars Las Vegas provides opportunities for underprivileged youth to participate in free after-school and summer programs that focus on academics, athletics and cultural enrichment. Local programs include tutoring, homework help, language and literacy skills, arts and crafts, dance, music, computers, chess, creative writing, soccer, swimming, cooking and media - just to name a few. Since its inception, After-School All-Stars has positively affected the lives of more than 100,000 Southern Nevada youth. Today, there are more than 6,000 youth from 14 different schools participating in the program. For more information, visit www.asaslv.org or call 702-770-7601.