SOURCE: LA Watts Summer Games

LA Watts Summer Games

June 17, 2009 13:17 ET

NBA Icon Marques Johnson Is Honorary Chair for the 2009 LA Watts Summer Games

Scores of Famous Pro Sports Stars Have Risen From LAWSG -- NBA's Jamaal Wilkes, NFL's John Elway, Olympic Medalist Florence Griffith Joyner and So Many More

Finals to Take Place This Weekend on Saturday, June 20th; LAWSG Is the Largest High School Sports Competition in the Nation and Is Emulated Across the Globe; Come See If You Can Spot the Next Generation's Legends Here at the Summer Games...

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - June 17, 2009) -


WHAT:   The Finals of the 42nd LA Watts Summer Games
        (LAWSG) will take place on:
        -- Saturday, June 20th
        -- Complete SCHEDULE OF EVENTS at www.lawsg.org

        Games spread across several Los Angeles-area venues
        including:

        -- Home Depot Center
        -- Newly-renovated LA Southwest College
        -- Columbia Park
        -- And 10 Los Angeles area high schools

        The LAWSG is the largest high school athletic competition in the
        United States. Emulated globally, Summer Games are projected to
        attract a record number of up to 6,000 participants from across
        the state of California.

        We proudly welcome POWERADE, the official beverage sponsor of the
        LA Watts Summer Games, returning for a second year to supply
        product and giveaways to all of the participants.


WHO:    MARQUES JOHNSON -- NBA basketball legend

        KEVIN YOUNG -- Olympic Track & Field Gold Medalist

        JAMES WASHINGTON -- NFL Star, Los Angeles Rams, Dallas Cowboys

        JAMES HARDEN -- 2009 NBA Draft Prospect

        TINA PARK -- LACCD Board of Trustee Elect

        MICAH ALI -- CUSD Trustee


WHEN:   Saturday, June 20, 2009
        **Full Schedule online at www.lawsg.org

WHERE:  HOME DEPOT CENTER - 18400 Avalon Blvd, Carson, CA 90746

        LA SOUTHWEST COLLEGE - 1600 West Imperial Hwy, LA, CA 90047

ON-SITE CONTACT:  LASC - Olu Davis, 310-259-0651

FOR QUOTES:  Delece Jones, Games Chairman, 818-822-9946

MORE LAWSG FACTS AND FAMOUS SUMMER GAMES ALUMNI

The LA Junior Chamber of Commerce established the LA Watts Summer Games to promote principles of sportsmanship, teamwork and positive achievement. Celebrating over 185,000 participants to date, LAWSG boasts a prestigious list of star alumni across the NBA, NFL, WNBA, more pro sports entities and several Olympic medalists -- plus more fine alumni working behind the scenes in sports and across our communities.

The Junior Chamber created the Summer Games as a positive response to the Watts riots to "build bridges of understanding" in our communities. So the Games are much more than a grand athletic competition; LAWSG is a true "human relations" event, embraced by scores of young Americans from across the state.

During the LAWSG Finals, athletes compete in 12 boys and girls athletic events:

BASEBALL
BASKETBALL
CHEERLEADING/DANCE
FOOTBALL
LACROSSE
SOCCER
SOFTBALL
TENNIS
TRACK & FIELD
VOLLEYBALL
WATER POLO
WRESTLING

PARTIAL LIST OF LAWSG ALUMNI

NBA
Marques Johnson
Jamaal Wilkes
David Greenwood
Lucious Harris
Bill Lambieer
Roy Hamilton

NFL
James Washington
John Elway

WNBA
Lisa Leslie
Cynthia Cooper

OLYMPIC TRACK & FIELD MEDALISTS
Kevin Young
Florence Griffith Joyner

And who knows who what stars will emerge from this year's LA Watts Summer Games... think you can spot them?

See the next generation of legends compete at Home Depot Center and all around Los Angeles on June 20th.

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    Aldo Perez
    Program Manager
    T: 213.989.2154
    E: Email Contact