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West Coast Conference To Host 7th Annual Kids Day Event at Basketball Championships

Feb. 20, 2015

SAN BRUNO, Calif.-- With the help of its 10 member institutions, the West Coast Conference (WCC) will be hosting WCC "Kids Day Block Party" at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on Friday, March 6th from 4-5:30 p.m. The event will benefit the After-School All-Stars program in Las Vegas and focus on healthy life style of staying active and eating healthy. This year, nearly 800 youth from the Clark County School District will participate in stationed activities hosted by league basketball players, coaches, cheer squads and bands.

With the help of the Orleans Arena and Gameday Souvenirs, the participants will receive a nutritional meal, event t-shirt, and a draw string bag before attending the men's first round game of the basketball championships.

"The West Coast Conference Kids Day Block Party is an integral part of the WCC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships. As a Conference of institutions that values serving our communities, we are excited to once again have this opportunity to give back to the Las Vegas community. I hope our Kids Day inspires the over 780 participants to stay active and make smart food choices that will help them achieve a great future."

Now in its seventh year, the annual event is the community service project the Conference has put together as part of its league-wide celebration in Las Vegas. Each year, institution members athletic department staff, along with schools spirit groups team up to give back to the community in a meaningful way, and with the current tournament format, basketball teams players and coaches will also actively engage in Kids Day.

This year, the West Coast Conference has partnered with the Orleans Arena and Gameday Souvenirs to assist with providing the hundreds of meals and t-shirts for Kids Day. The Orleans Arena has served as the WCC tournament home for the last seven years, while Gameday Souvenirs, is the official supplier of WCC championship merchandise, and has outfitted the kids since its inception.

Since 2009, WCC Kids Day has served over 5,000 students from the After-School All-Stars program. This event is part of a larger conference-wide commitment to hosting an engaging community service event in connection with its six WCC Championships --- baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, rowing and tennis.

About 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.

About Orleans Arena
The Orleans Arena, a Boyd Gaming facility located just west of the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the nation's leading multi-purpose sports and entertainment facilities and the 2014 recipient of the Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers. In addition, the Orleans Arena is one of only a handful of arenas in the United States to achieve LEED Gold Certification and is part of the largest company in Nevada to achieve SHARP Certification for commitments to safe venue operations. According to Venues Today magazine, the Orleans Arena, which hosts more than 200 events each year, consistently ranks in the Top 10 for ticket sales in the United States and internationally among venues of similar size. These events include nationally touring concerts, NCAA basketball conference tournaments, family shows, motorsports and other unique events. For more information, call 702-365-7469 or visit www.OrleansArena.com. Stay connected to the Orleans Arena on Facebook (www.facebook.com/orleansarena) and on Twitter (@orleansarena). Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at www.boydgaming.com. Boyd Gaming and Orleans Arena press releases are available at boydgaming.mediaroom.com.

About Gameday Souvenirs
Gameday Souvenirs is a branded, custom sportswear business focused on event merchandise sales. Based in Lafayette, California, they have been the exclusive championship merchandise supplier to the West Coast Conference since 1994. For more information, visit www.MakeItGameday.com or call 925-284-1863. At Gameday Souvenirs, Every Day Is Gameday!