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Fans Can Bid on One-of-a-Kind Tree Decked with Autographed Player Ornaments, LeBron’s Shoes and more!
“Season of Giving” Tips Off with Cavaliers Christmas Tree Auction presented by Litehouse



CLEVELAND, November 11 - Brilliantly displayed on The Q’s concourse, stands a 10-foot Christmas tree that glows with Cavaliers spirit. Decorated with Cavaliers memorabilia, ornaments and garnishes hand-made by Cavs players and children from Cleveland Christian Home, the pre-lit artificial colonial fir donated by Litehouse symbolizes the start of the Cavaliers’ Season of Giving.

Beginning Friday, November 11th through Saturday December 17th, the one-of-a-kind Christmas tree that is adorned with 15 glittering basketballs autographed by each member of the 2005-06 Cavaliers, will be up for auction on www.cavs.com. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Cavaliers Charities, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation.

Illuminated with over 1,000 white lights, wrapped in garland made from player wristbands, decorated with player shoes, bobbleheads and basketball-themed garnishes, the tree is a unique collector’s item for any fan. It sits atop a tree skirt custom-made from Cavalier player’s jerseys. The tree is donated by Litehouse, a proud partner of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Cavaliers Charities supports organizations serving at-risk children and families in the areas of education, recreation, life skills and employment. Since its inception in 1993, Cavaliers Charities has returned over $17 million to the community.

Litehouse is proud to support local communities in the Northeast Ohio area through various charitable contributions since the company’s inception in 1959.
 

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Cavaliers: Eric Snow and the Cavs Begin Second Season for Full-Court Fathers Program



Eric Snow and the Cavs Begin Second Season for Full-Court Fathers Program


Eric Snow meets with Tom Kain and son Noah and Omoro McKinney and daughter Tamariesse.

At every Cavaliers home game during the 2005-06 season, Eric Snow, through his Shoot 4 The Moon Foundation and Full Court Fathers Program, will honor one father-son and one father-daughter duo at each Cavaliers home game. The program tipped off at the Cavs home opener vs. the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday, November 2nd.

The special guests were Omoro McKinney of Cleveland, Ohio and his 9-year-old daughter Tamariesse, and Tom Kain of Copley, Ohio and his 11-year-old son Noah. They each received two game tickets, had the opportunity to meet Eric and other Cavs players and were honored on the Cavaliers’ videoboard before the game.

As the father of three young boys, Cavaliers’ guard Eric Snow understands the important role that fathers play in maintaining families and raising children. He also knows that in today’s environment it can be difficult for parents to spend the quality time that is required in raising children. He made a decision to respond to that challenge by committing his time to creating opportunities for fathers to build and strengthen their father-child relationships.

The Full Court Fathers Program is a unique contest through which Eric Snow promotes, encourages, and rewards positive father-child relationships. Interested fathers can visit www.shoot4themoon.org and answer three questions relating to their special relationships with their children. Winners are selected based on the most unique, creative and relevant responses.
 

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Cavaliers: Drew Gooden Receives NBA Community Assist Award for October



Cavs Forward to Receive the David Robinson Plaque For His Outstanding Commitment to the Community
Drew Gooden Receives NBA Community Assist Award for October



CLEVELAND, November 17 - In recognition of Drew Gooden’s community outreach efforts and on-going generosity, the NBA announced today it will honor the Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward with the Community Assist Award for October. Special Assistant to the Commissioner and NBA Legend Bob Lanier will present Gooden with the David Robinson Plaque during halftime of the Cavaliers vs. Orlando game on Friday, November 18th at Quicken Loans Arena. The plaque is inscribed: “Following the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson who improved the community piece by piece.” In addition to the plaque, a $5,000 gift will be given to Gooden’s charity of choice, the East End Neighborhood House.

Last month, Gooden dedicated The Drew Gooden Reading & Learning Center, presented by Allstate Insurance, at the East End Neighborhood House. Gooden selected the site and contributed $10,000 to the project, which included the renovation of three classrooms in the 100-year-old facility. Renovations included new paint and carpeting in all three rooms, new blinds, bookshelves, six computer desks and four computers, 1,000 new books, custom basketball bookshelves, storage bins, photographs, a framed Gooden jersey and chalkboards that resemble the Cavaliers scoreboard. In addition, Gooden purchased the World Book Online Reference Center software for the Center’s computers, which allows children and parents to access the information from home.

Gooden’s involvement in the community is year-round. Prior to the start of the 2005-06 NBA season, he purchased 10 Cavaliers season tickets to be distributed to underprivileged children in northeast Ohio. During the school year, he serves as the spokesperson for the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Newspapers in Education program. He will personally participate in the NBA’s Season of Giving by donating 250 turkeys and bags of Thanksgiving groceries and Christmas trees to families in need in the community.

“I am blessed to be in a position where I can help others and want to inspire kids and families to dream big and achieve,” said Gooden. “I am thrilled to call Cleveland my second home and am committed to giving back just as I have in the Bay Area. (Oakland, Calif.).

Since his rookie season, Drew Gooden has established himself as a community all-star in both his hometown of Oakland and the cities in which he has played. In July 2004, Gooden established The Drew Gooden Giving Fund in conjunction with the East Bay Community Foundation. The mission of the Fund is to provide opportunity and support in Gooden’s home communities. Through his Fund, Gooden is establishing a financial literacy program with the goal of providing exposure and access to careers in high finance for kids who might not have had the opportunity otherwise. Gooden plans to provide internships with a partner financial firm for five high school students in the Bay Area, five students in Cleveland and five students in Kansas City. He has also contributed $80,000 to Scholar Athletes, Inc. (Bay Area), the academic and athletic program in which he participated.

The league presents the NBA Community Assist Award monthly to recognize players for their charitable efforts. The award honors the NBA player who reflects the passion that the league and its players have for their communities. Other nominees for October included, Chauncey Billups- Detroit Pistons, Josh Childress-Atlanta Hawks and Peja Stojakovic- Sacramento Kings.

NBA CARES is the league's global community outreach initiative that builds on the NBA's long tradition of addressing important social issues. Over the next five years, the league, players and teams will raise and contribute $100 million for charity, donate more than 1 million hours of hands-on volunteer service to communities around the world, and build more than 100 places where kids can learn and play. NBA CARES will work with internationally-recognized youth-serving programs that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes including: UNICEF; Reading Is Fundamental; Boys and Girls Clubs of America; Charities Aid Foundation; American/International Red Cross; Feed the Children, and many others.
 

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Cleveland Cavaliers Guard Eric Snow Teams Up with the Community Wellness Center of St



Cleveland Cavaliers Guard Eric Snow Teams Up with the Community Wellness Center of Stark County Again to Distribute 200 Turkeys to Canton Area Residents

CLEVELAND, Nov. 21 – Cleveland Cavaliers star guard and Canton, Ohio native, Eric Snow is preparing to provide a helping hand during the Thanksgiving holiday to his hometown community for the second straight year. Snow has continued to partner with the Community Wellness Center of Stark County in an effort to distribute 200 Turkeys to families in the Canton and surrounding Stark County communities. The Community Wellness Center of Stark County (CWC) was a part of Eric Snow’s 2nd Annual Fatherhood Clinic back in October and provided 50 father-child duos the opportunity to participate in the clinic hosted at the Cavaliers practice facility in the Quicken Loans Arena.

On Monday November 21st, starting at 5:00pm, Snow will joined by the staffs of the CWC and his own Shoot for the Moon Foundation to distribute the turkeys, half of which were donated by a local SAMS Club. Recipients of the donated turkeys will come from CWC’s “Help Me Grow Program”, which is a governmental initiative through Ohio’s Department of Health that provides additional support and resources to select families throughout the state. For two hours, these families will come to CWC’s Canton office, located at 1800 Cleveland Avenue NW Canton, OH 44709, with special coupons to redeem for their free turkey and a chance to meet Eric Snow. Snow for his part will be joined by members of his own family and will personally distribute some of the turkeys.

This initiative will be the 2nd Annual Turkey Give-away for Snow who last season won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, the highest NBA honor for community service. He was also the recipient of Cleveland’s Alfred J. Lerner Community Award presented at the City’s annual Sports and Community Awards Banquet and later recognized by the NBA with their Community Contribution Award during the 2005 All-Star weekend in Denver, Colorado. Snow is entering his 11th year in the NBA and his second season with the Cavaliers. He has also been selected as team captain for the second year in a row.

For more information on Eric Snow and his community activities log onto www.shoot4themoon.org, the official website for Snow’s Shoot for the Moon Foundation. For additional information on the Community Wellness Center of Stark County, contact Executive Director Ella Scott at (330) 456-7792 or log onto www.communitywellnessctr.org.
 

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James gives back for holiday


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James gives back for holiday

11/21/2005, 5:09 p.m. ET

The Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — Away from the basketball court, LeBron James handed out a few assists from the heart.

The Cavaliers' All-Star forward donated bags of Thanksgiving groceries to needy families on Monday, personally giving out turkeys and meals at a downtown church in Cleveland and in his hometown of Akron.

"It's important to give back," James said while greeting people in the basement of Antioch Baptist Church on the city's east side. "I always promised myself that when I got into a position where I could help, I would."

James recently donated $180,000 worth of supplies to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort through The James Family Foundation, which also funded the holiday giveaway. James said he'll always help those less fortunate.

"Thanksgiving is a time when you give thanks for people who did good things for you," he said. "I had people that meant a lot to me and this is a way of thanking them."

After leading the Cavaliers to three wins last week, James was named the NBA's Eastern Conference player of the week. He averaged 29.7 points, nine rebounds and six assists in victories over Washington, Orlando and Philadelphia.

James capped his big week by recording his fifth career triple-double — 36 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists — in a win over the 76ers. He scored 13 in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers (8-2) rallied from a 16-point deficit to win their seventh straight.

Cleveland will go for its eighth win in a row on Tuesday at home against the Boston Celtics.
 

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Eric Snow Toy Drive





Eric Snow Toy Drive

Cavaliers’ guard Eric Snow is hosting a holiday Toy Drive at The Q from November 30th through December 15th!

WHAT: New, unwrapped toys
WHERE: All entrances of The Q
WHEN: Cavaliers’ home games on November 30th, December 9th, 13th, 15th

Fans can also drop off toys during the week… Monday—Friday (November 30th—December 15th, 2005) between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM at the Northeast and Northwest Entrances of The Q.

All toys will be donated to children in Northeast Ohio.

Eric Snow is dedicated to creating opportunities for fathers to build and strengthen their father-child relationships. Through his Shoot 4 The Moon Foundation, Eric has committed his time and resources to a variety of outreach initiatives that will ultimately encourage, reward, and support families in Cleveland, Canton and surrounding northeast Ohio communities.
 

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Beacon Journal | 12/05/2005 | Cavs player gives assist to families


Cavs player gives assist to families

By Jewell Cardwell

At 6 foot 3, Eric Snow looks up to many NBA players.

But few stand taller in contributions to the game and the community than the Cleveland Cavaliers star.

The Canton native not only has a heart for the game, but also for sending strong messages off the court.

His Full-Court Fathers initiative has a lesson for all.

I saw Eric Snow in pre-game action the other night at the Q in Cleveland.

While fellow Cavs players, including Akron's LeBron James, did a shoot-around on the court, No. 20 quietly sauntered over to meet and greet four important guests -- father and daughter Paul and Jocelyn Marshall of Kent and father and son Robert and Sean Harris of Columbus.

The parents and children who had motored to the Q at the invitation of Snow were provided with courtside seats, team gifts (some autographed), photos of themselves on the jumbo video screen and generous face time with Snow.

This happens at every home game with a different foursome.

Full-Court Fathers was put into play as a way for Snow to encourage and reward those positive relationships.

“Fatherhood is important, or should be,'' Snow said. “Fathers need to spend time with their children, teaching them the right values.

“It's not important to me if they're even into basketball,'' he said of his guests. “I see it as an opportunity for them to come out and spend quality time together.''

Snow and his wife, DeShawn, have three sons, ages 7, 3 and 2.

“I'm on the road a lot, but I always try to make time for my children,'' said Snow, who revels in the simple act of picking up his sons from school.

Snow's Full-Court Fathers program is open to all interested parties who visit www.cavs.com and answer three questions about their involvement in their child's life. Winners are selected on creative responses.

Some of the responses have been poignant and others symptomatic of fathers working two jobs who are struggling to find quality time with their children.

Many of Snow's off-court efforts were launched during his five-year tenure as a starting guard and co-captain of the Philadelphia 76ers.

After joining the Cavs in 2004, Snow expanded his community outreach with charitable golf outings, read-to-achieve programs and fatherhood basketball clinics. He challenges more parents to strengthen their relationships with their children under the umbrella of his Shoot 4 the Moon Foundation Inc.

Snow also has a Steals and Assists Donation Program, through which he donates $20 to nonprofit groups for every regular-season steal and assist he makes.

And he's playing extremely well, so contributions are high.

Like LeBron James, Eric Snow also presided over a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway in his hometown. Canton residents received 200 birds and vouchers for holiday food fixings.

Cavs players who have adopted the each-one-teach-one philosophy have set a pretty high bar when it comes to being real men off the court.

In addition to Snow and James, three other Cavs have foundations in the communities from which they hail.

Forward Drew Gooden, who assists families in need in the San Francisco Bay area, also joined Snow last year in a coat drive to keep Cleveland residents insulated from the cold.

Guard Larry Hughes' foundation, operated by his mother, assists children receiving organ transplants in St. Louis.

Forward Alan Henderson runs basketball camps in his native Indiana.

Clearly, Snow's guests this night were enjoying their one-of-a-kind outing.

Paul Marshall, a food broker from Kent, coveted this time with his 17-year-old daughter, a senior and a shooting guard on the basketball team at Kent Roosevelt High School.

Robert Harris, who is in health and medical products sales in Columbus, called his trip to the Q "therapeutic'' for his 7-year-old son Sean.

“He just started playing organized sports -- soccer and football,'' Harris said. “And he's just coming off a losing season. So, he's not too proud... ''

But the boy was all smiles this night.

It sounds like Snow, a 10-year NBA veteran, was aptly crowned with the association's Sportsmanship Award for his charitable works, the 2002 National Fatherhood Award by the National Fatherhood Initiative and in 2005 the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award by the Professional Basketball Writers Association.
 

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A Cavs Season of Giving


December 2005
A Cavs Season of Giving


“Gooden Tidings We Bring” presented by Litehouse
Cavaliers forward Drew Gooden will personally deliver Christmas trees to the homes of 10 Cleveland families in need on Thursday, December 8th. Gooden, who recently received the NBA’s Community Assist Award for the month of October, will travel throughout the community followed by a Litehouse truck full of trees to present designated families with the trees of “life, brotherhood and love” for the holiday season.


Ira Newble Holiday Shopping Extravaganza
Two Hurricane Katrina evacuee families will enjoy a shopping spree at the Target in Rocky River on Thursday, December 8th courtesy of Cleveland Cavalier Ira Newble. Newble will meet the families at Target, one a single mom and her son and the other, a mom, dad and three children—to present them with gift cards to do some Christmas shopping to help make their holidays a little brighter.


Eric Snow Toy Drive
Cavaliers’ guard Eric Snow is hosting his 2nd Annual Toy Drive this holiday season. Fans can donate new, unwrapped toys at any Cavs home game through December 15th. Fans can also drop off toys during the week between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Northeast and Northwest entrances of Quicken Loans Arena. All of the toys will be donated to children in northeast Ohio through Snow’s Shoot for the Moon Foundation.


Cavaliers to Visit The Children’s Hospital at The Cleveland Clinic
To celebrate the holiday season, Cavs players will make a special visit to bring some holiday cheer to the young patients at The Children’s Hospital at The Cleveland Clinic on Monday, December 19th. The party will be an interactive experience between the children and players as they participate in several Christmas-time activities together.

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Cavs guard Eric Snow delivered toys Sunday to more than 100 children from the Stark County Multi-Development Services Program.

Snow also made the first of two toy deliveries to local agencies in Cleveland on Monday. He joined Ward 7 Councilwoman Fannie Lewis and Capt. Joseph Sadie of the Cleveland Police Department at the Little Africa Warehouse District building to distribute toys to more than 200 participants from the 4Kids Leadership Foundation.

Toys were donated by fans who attended recent Cavs home games, Cleveland's Cops and Kids Inc., and Canton's Mercy Medical Center.
 

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Cleveland Cavaliers Guard Eric Snow Makes Big Holiday Assist to Children from Canton





Cleveland Cavaliers Guard Eric Snow Makes Big Holiday Assist to Children from Canton and Cleveland Community Agencies

CLEVELAND, December 20 - Cleveland Cavaliers star guard and Canton, Ohio native, Eric Snow once again made a big assist to area children and fathers. The Cavaliers co-captain distributed more than 500 to children from Cleveland and his hometown of Canton.

On Sunday December 18th, Snow headed to his hometown and delivered toys to over 100 children from the Stark County Multi-Development Services Program. The next day Eric made the first of two toy drops to the children of local agencies in the city of Cleveland. Eric joined long-time Ward 7 Councilwoman Fannie Lewis and Captain Joseph Sadie of the Cleveland Police Department at the Little Africa Warehouse District building to distribute toys to over 200 participants from the 4Kids Leadership Foundation.

Eric finished his holiday giveaway effort by traveling to children from the Passages Inc. and Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative Programs to give an additional 200 toys. Toys were donated by fans who attended recent Cavalier home games at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland’s Cops & Kids, Inc., and Canton’s Mercy Medical Center.

This is the second consecutive holiday season that Snow is giving toys to the children from local agencies in Canton and Cleveland. The sponsoring organizations are Snow’s Shoot for the Moon Foundation, Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative Program, and the 4Kids Leadership Foundation. For more information on the participating agencies and sponsors, or how to assist Eric Snow with his community activities, log onto www.shoot4themoon.org, the official website for Snow’s Shoot for the Moon Foundation or contact Julani Ghana at (216) 923-1424.
 

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Cavaliers and Litehouse Auctioning Off Team Autographed Billiards Table





Fans Can Bid on Custom Designed Cavaliers Table at www.cavs.com and Cavs Home Games Through February 11th
Cavaliers and Litehouse Auctioning Off Team Autographed Billiards Table to Benefit Cavaliers Charities

CLEVELAND, January 6th - The Cleveland Cavaliers have teamed up with Litehouse to create a custom-designed billiards table featuring a wine-colored cloth donning the Cavaliers logo that is autographed by the 2005-06 team. Fans can bid on the one-of-a-kind table that is up for auction on www.cavs.com or at Cavs home games through February 11th. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Cavaliers Charities, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation, which benefits local children’s charities.

The Cavaliers billiards table is a custom 8 foot Megan pool table with a 44 inch by 88 inch playing surface. Its custom detail is made out of solid American maple and features a 1 inch arched and routered cabinet finished in a beautiful traditional mahogany stain. It has oversized ball and claw legs and genuine mother-of-pearl sites. The wine-colored cloth with the Cavs logo includes a 1 inch matched and registered slate.

The table comes with everything needed to play with the pros – a 48 inch custom cue, bridge stick, one 15-ball triangle and one nine-ball triangle, a table brush, rail brush, chalk, tally balls and shaker, chalk holders, a bridge head, repair kit, a set of billiard balls, table cover, rule book and an eight cue wall rack.

Litehouse will provide a lifetime warranty and deliver and install the table to ensure an accurate and level playing surface.

For more information on the Litehouse/Cavaliers billiards table and to see photos and bid, click here.

Cavaliers Charities, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation, supports programs designed to positively impact young people in the areas of education, recreation, employment and life skills, with a particular emphasis on programs aimed towards at-risk youth. All funds raised by Cavaliers Charities are matched at a significant percentage by The McCormick Tribune Foundation.

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Cavaliers Read to Achieve Challenge



Students Are Rewarded with a Reading Timeout with LeBron James
Sixth Graders from Raymond Elementary School in Maple Hts. Come Out on Top in Cavaliers Read to Achieve Challenge



CLEVELAND, Jan. 31st - Twenty-three sixth graders from Raymond Elementary School in Maple Hts., Ohio accepted the challenge to improve their reading habits. As a result, they logged in the most minutes read in one month, from October to November 2005, as part of the Cavaliers Read to Achieve Challenge. Their reward was the opportunity to spend some quality reading time with someone who appreciates the conquest of a good challenge, LeBron James.

On Tuesday, January 31, the students from Jennifer Mahnic’s 6th grade class, visited Quicken Loans Arena to participate in a special Reading Timeout with James. Together with the students, James read the Dr. Seuss book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” Following the Reading Timeout, the students made signature Dr. Seuss silly hat crowns for “King James.”

Read to Achieve is a national initiative developed by the NBA to help children develop a life-long love for reading and encourage adults to read regularly with children. The Cavaliers Read to Achieve Challenge is designed to encourage students to spend time reading outside of the classroom setting. The program is open to all elementary school students, in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Summit, Medina, Portage, Geauga and Lake counties.

Participating classrooms received progress cards for each student in the class. Students were encouraged to read outside of the classroom daily and track the number of minutes they read each day for one month. A parent or guardian verified each entry the student made.

The classroom that records the most minutes wins a Reading Timeout with a Cavaliers player. In addition, each student in the winning classroom gets tickets to a Cavaliers home game and receives a Cavaliers merchandise gift bag.

On behalf of the Cavaliers and Read to Achieve presenting partners, Kraftmaid Cabinetry and Kalahari Waterpark Resort, congratulations to Ms. Mahnic’s class for being the winners of the 2005 Read to Achieve Challenge!
 

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Cavaliers Giveaway “Wild Thing” Wigs Courtesy of Quicken Loans





It will be a “Good Hair Day” for Fans at Cavaliers Brazilian Carnaval Night presented by the House of Blues
Cavaliers Giveaway “Wild Thing” Wigs Courtesy of Quicken Loans

CLEVELAND, February 13th - It will be a sea of mop tops at the Cavaliers vs. Orlando Magic game on Tuesday, February 21st when the fans in the stands sport a wild head of hair just like Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao.

The Anderson Varejao Wig is available only as a free giveaway to all fans in attendance. Tickets are still available for the Cavaliers vs. Magic game at the Quicken Loans Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, online at www.cavs.com, or charge-by-phone at (Cleveland) 216-241-2121, (Akron) 330-945-9400, (Youngstown) 330-747-1212 and (Columbus) 614-431-3600.

Carnaval festivities (Brazil’s “Mardi Gras”), will flavor the game night atmosphere with the sights and sounds of the Brazilian culture. The Q’s concourse will be a festival of activities including a pre-game Carnaval parade, special activity stations and performances by Samba dancers. The musical troupe Tropical Rhythms, Samba drummers and dancers, will perform at halftime. Brazilian Carnaval Night is presented by the House of Blues.

he Anderson Varejao Wig is available only as a free giveaway to all fans in attendance. Tickets are still available for the Cavaliers vs. Magic game at the Quicken Loans Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, online at www.cavs.com, or charge-by-phone at (Cleveland) 216-241-2121, (Akron) 330-945-9400, (Youngstown) 330-747-1212 and (Columbus) 614-431-3600.

 

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Cavs' Larry Hughes to Donate and Deliver Television Sets to Families





Cavs’ Larry Hughes to Donate and Deliver Television Sets to Families

CLEVELAND, February 22nd - Cavaliers guard Larry Hughes, through his Larry Hughes Family Foundation, will personally deliver 27-inch television sets to each of the 14 families currently residing at Cleveland’s New Life Community. The center specializes in helping homeless and jobless mothers achieve self-sufficiency. Each mother and her family will be able to keep their television sets upon graduating from the center on Thursday, February 23rd at 4:00 PM. The event will take place at the New Life Community, 3470 East 152nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44120-8013, (216) 751-7301.

For more information on New Life Community, contact Director of Development Marc Nathanson at (216) 751.7301, extension 217. For more information on the Larry Hughes Family Foundation, visit www.larryhughesfoundation.com.
 

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Cavs' Better Halves Present Heart Disease Awareness Night




Presented by The Cleveland Clinic
Cavs’ Better Halves Present Disease Awareness Night

Fans who attended the Cavaliers vs. Detroit Pistons game on Monday, February 27th received some “heart facts” about cardiovascular disease courtesy of the Cavs’ Better Halves, the women who are the wives, girlfriends and significant others of Cavaliers players, coaches and team personnel. “Heart Disease Awareness Night” was presented by The Cleveland Clinic.

The Better Halves passed out “Go Cavs!” rally rags to all fans who attended the game and participated in a special halftime dedication to heart disease survivors, which included a mother and son who are heart-transplant recipients. There was also a special presentation to The Cleveland Clinic honoring its Heart Center for being ranked #1 in the nation for cardiac care by U.S. News & World Report for 11 consecutive years.

The “other” halves, aka Cavs players, wore “Heart Disease Awareness Night” shooting shirts during pregame warm-ups, which were later signed and donated to the American Heart Association to be auctioned as a fundraiser.

The American Heart Association also had a table set up on the concourse to pass out literature and answer questions about heart disease.
 

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Cavs Fans to Give Education Supplies for “Basketball without Borders” Program





Cavs Fans to Give Education Supplies for “Basketball without Borders” Program

Basic school supplies can mean the world to hundreds of youngsters from 72 countries that take part in the NBA’s Basketball without Borders program. The Cavaliers are asking fans to support this global initiative and help create a “whole new world” for the children who participate in the program by donating educational supplies such as pens, pencils and folders at the Tuesday, March 7th Cavs vs. Toronto Raptors game at Quicken Loans Arena. Those that make a donation will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a trip for two to Cancun, Mexico.

Fans can also donate educational supplies by dropping them off at area Cingular stores on Saturday, March 4th and get a chance to play video games against Cavaliers players Anderson Varejao from Brazil or Sasha Pavlovic from Serbia-Montenegro. Varejao will be at the Strongsville Cingular store (18280 Royalton Rd.) from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pavlovic will appear at the Medina Cingular store (930 N. Court St.) from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Basketball without Borders is the league’s premier international basketball and community relations outreach program. The program features a basketball instructional camp for young people and promotes leadership, education, sportsmanship and healthy living. Basketball without Borders also incorporates seminars on important social issues such as AIDS/HIV awareness and prevention. In addition, through the program, Reading & Learning Centers have been created in South Africa and Brazil.

For more information, email [email protected].
 

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Easter Seals to Honor The Cleveland Cavaliers at Gala Event





Easter Seals to Honor The Cleveland Cavaliers at Gala Event

CLEVELAND, Mar. 2nd Easter Seals Northeast Ohio will honor The Cleveland Cavaliers and Stein, Inc. with Easter Seals’ Spirit of Independence Award.

The Spirit of Independence Award recognizes individuals and corporations whose actions and contributions have enabled children and adults in Northeast Ohio to overcome the challenges posed by physical, mental or emotional disabilities and to achieve maximum independence.

The prestigious award will be presented at the Spirit of Independence Gala, which will be held on March 18, 2006, at 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. In addition to the award presentation, the event will include a sit-down dinner, silent auction, and live entertainment by Twist.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been chosen as a 2006 recipient because of their unwavering support of Cleveland and the entire North coast area in bringing resources that enrich lives young and old in cultural activities, educational pursuits, and healthy environments. The second awardee is Stein Inc., which has been a beacon in the work of Easter Seals, leading to hundreds of children and adults receiving much needed services for over 15 years.

Easter Seals Northeast Ohio is an organization committed to helping children and adults with disabilities live with equality, dignity, and independence. Easter Seals strives to impact the community through the services and programs offered to people with disabilities. The agency’s programs promote maximum independence in the lives of people with disabilities by providing medical, recreational, educational and support services.

For more than 80 years, Easter Seals has been providing services that help children and adults with disabilities gain greater independence. Easter Seals Northeast Ohio assists 5,000 people with disabilities annually in a 12 county area.

For more information about The Spirit of Independence Gala or Easter Seals services, contact (440) 838-0990, ext. 104.
 

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The Cavaliers To Be Painted During Games By Nationally Celebrated Artist





The Human Fund to bring performance painter, Frenchy, to Cleveland
The Cavaliers To Be Painted During Games By Nationally Celebrated Artist

CLEVELAND, Mar. 2nd - Cleveland sports fans received some great news – Frenchy, a nationally celebrated performance artist, will be at two upcoming Cavaliers games at Quicken Loans Arena to paint the players. His appearances, in partnership with the Human Fund, will be on Sunday, March 5th vs. the Chicago Bulls at 7:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, March 7th vs. the Toronto Raptors at 7:00 p.m.

The Human Fund, a foundation established to support arts education programs for under-served children in the city of Cleveland, is bringing Frenchy to town as part of the foundation’s community outreach. Frenchy will also be visiting and teaching at two schools in the Cleveland Municipal School District during his stay.

The paintings that Frenchy creates at the games will be sold with proceeds will benefiting Cavaliers Charities, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation. Cavaliers Charities has granted over $17 million to worthy charitable causes since its launch 12 years ago, with northeast Ohio organizations at the forefront of that giving. "Pairing the in-game athletic artistry of the Cavaliers with the painting translation of Frenchy should make for a most special outcome. This is a very special project for us and The Human Fund is a very worthy cause. We're both excited and honored to have this partnership with The Human Fund and have Frenchy with us at The Q", said Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena President Len Komoroski.

It's been said that there is nothing new under the sun. But since 1997, the artist Frenchy has been creating energetic canvases in a passionate style that he single-handedly invented. He calls it performance painting.

The concept is simple enough to understand, but the execution and end result are pure magic. Using vibrant acrylics he captures popular musical acts and sports figures as they perform. He channels the energy emanating from the stage or the playing field by creating colorful, one-of-a-kind works of art that grace the walls of his many musical friends, restaurants, galleries and a diverse list of art-loving celebrities.

Frenchy was most recently profiled on ESPN in November during a New Orleans’s Saints NFL football game.

Frenchy, who was in Cleveland recently in October for The Human Fund's fundraising pARTy, has become an adopted Clevelander. “I love this city and am thrilled to be painting the amazing Cavs. The same vortex of energy that exists when a band is playing in front of an audience exists when athletes hit the court", said Frenchy. "Anyone who has ever witnessed an incredible concert or game, is aware of that special energy. I just try and tap into it."

Media note: To cover the Cavaliers game paintings at The Q, please contact Tad Carper with the Cavaliers in advance of the game dates at (216) 420-2198. For information on the Human Fund or Frenchy's visit to Cleveland schools, please contact Andrea Wedren - Executive Director, 216-272-1084 [email protected].
 

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2nd Annual Shoot for the Moon Summer Basketball Day Camp





Cleveland Cavaliers Guard Eric Snow Accepting Registration his 2nd Annual Shoot for the Moon Summer Basketball Day Camp

CLEVELAND, Mar. 28th - Cleveland Cavaliers star guard and Canton, Ohio native Eric Snow will once again spend a week of teaching basketball to area boys and girls ages 8-16 as part of his 2nd Annual Shoot for the Moon Summer Basketball Day Camp. The 11-year NBA veteran and Cavaliers co-captain will also be joined again by NBA and Cavaliers legend Michael “Campy” Russell, who will provide individual instruction, along side of long-time NBA pro and former New York Director of Player Personnel Sedric Toney.

The camp is scheduled for July 10th through July 14th, 2006 and will be hosted at the Twinsburg Fitness and Community Center in Twinsburg, Ohio. Parents are urged to take advantage of the early registration and group discounts of up to $100 per camper. The general cost per camper will be $275 for the week.

Participants can expect a high level of skill development, team competition, and individual instruction. There will also be special visits by current and legendary NBA players and coaches plus plenty of autographs and prizes.

To register your child online, log onto Shoot4themoon.org, the official website for Snow’s Shoot for the Moon Foundation or call (216) 923-1424 to have an application mailed.
 

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Autism Awareness Night Set for Cavs vs. New York Knicks Game on April 13th





Cavs Better Halves Team Up with Achievement Centers for Children and the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism
Autism Awareness Night Set for Cavs vs. New York Knicks Game on April 13th

CLEVELAND, Apr. 12th - In recognition of Autism Awareness month in April, the Cavs Better Halves (the significant others of Cavaliers players, coaches and team personnel), have teamed up with the Achievement Centers for Children and the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism to educate fans of this disorder that affects close to 1.5 million children and adults in the United States.

Imagine…if you were unable to communicate. Imagine…
if you were in pain but couldn’t tell anyone...


The Better Halves will distribute Autism Awareness Night wristbands to fans entering all entrances of The Q for the Cavs vs. New York Knicks game on Thursday, April 13th at 8:00 p.m. The wristbands are courtesy of the Cavaliers and the Achievement Centers for Children.

Imagine…if you felt distracted, frustrated, obsessed and frightened, but you didn’t know why...

Special guest will be Jason McElwain, an autistic high school senior at Greece Athena High School in Rochester, N.Y., who helped break down the barriers of autism when his coach gave him the opportunity to suit up and play in the last game of the season - scoring 20 points by sinking six three-pointers and another shot in the last three minutes of the game, sending the crowd into a wild frenzy - who will be honored along with his varsity basketball team by the Cavaliers at halftime .

The Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism and the Achievement Centers for Children will have informational tables set up on the Quicken Loans Arena concourse in front of sections 202 and 205. Both organizations will be recognized at halftime for the work they do in improving the lives of children with autism and the support they provide to families.

Imagine…feeling this way ALL day, every day…

Autism is a neuro-biological, lifelong spectrum disorder that typically becomes apparent during a child’s first three years, often within the first 12-18 months. Autism affects functioning of the brain and therefore influences many aspects of a child’s development and learning. It also interferes with the normal development of reasoning, behavior, social interaction and communication. To learn more about autism, visit Achievementcenters.org and http://www.ccf.org.

Imagine…
 
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