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 LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- ARCO and the Los Angeles Clippers dedicated a renovated basketball court at a South Los Angeles park today as the two organizations joined forces to announce the second year of the ARCO/Clippers "Neighborhood PRIDE" program. The 1992-93 PRIDE program was responsible for renovating 66 courts at a total of 31 playgrounds, reaching out to more than 3,800 youths at Neighborhood PRIDE clinics, sponsoring some 4,500 participants in recreation center basketball leagues, and hosting more than 8,500 youths at a citywide basketball tournament and PRIDE rally at the Sports Arena last April.
 During an early afternoon ceremony today, representatives from ARCO Products Co. and the L.A. Clippers, joined by L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan and other local dignitaries, dedicated the newly refurbished basketball court at the Normandale Recreation Center at 22400 S. Halldale Ave. in an area of Los Angeles that borders Torrance.
 At the suggestion of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, the renovation included sections of the playground as well as the basketball court, which now is complete with new backboards bearing the PRIDE logo. ("PRIDE" is an acronym for Positive mental attitude, Respect, Intelligent choices, Dreaming dreams, and Effort in education.)
 "We're pleased to be able to join with the Clippers in a second season of Neighborhood PRIDE," said Thomas R. Murphy, vice president of ARCO Products Co., the refining and marketing division of ARCO. "Last year, this program had very impressive results, which we hope to repeat in 1993-94."
 Immediately following today's dedication, the Clippers presented the first of this season's 30 planned Neighborhood PRIDE basketball clinics, which will incorporate a motivational message as well as skills demonstration and training. Some 75 children from nearby schools participated in today's clinic.
 "The Clippers are excited about giving back to our community," said Elgin Baylor, vice president of basketball operations for the Clippers. "It is our pleasure to be teammates with ARCO as we strive to help young people in our neighborhoods."
 The 1993-94 Neighborhood PRIDE program will include the renovation of 20 courts, subject to approval by the Department of Recreation and Parks. Renovations include resurfacing, spot repair work, restriping, new backboards and rims with nets. Facilities currently designated to receive this repair are Bellevue, Carlin Smith, Chevy Chase, Glassell, Costello, Hazard, El Sereno, Lincoln Heights, Trinity, Northridge Rec, Fernangeles Rec, Sylmar Rec, Paxton Rec, Studio City Rec, Victory Vineland Rec, Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Rec, Encino Rec, Banning Park, and Angel's Gate Park, in addition to Normandale Rec.
 As last year, all playground refurbishing is being done under the supervision of minority contractors. The contractor in charge of the Normandale project, Montgomery and Sons, is also involved in ARCO's ongoing outreach to minority contractors for work assignments at ARCO gasoline stations, am/pm(TM) mini markets and SMOGPROS(TM) express test and repair centers.
 Construction on all 20 playgrounds is expected to be completed by next April. The second component of this year's PRIDE program -- the 30 new neighborhood basketball clinics -- also will promote the April 1994 all-city basketball championship tournament for Department of Recreation and Parks basketball leagues.
 The tournament will be sponsored by ARCO and the Clippers as the third element of the Neighborhood PRIDE program. The 24 top teams in existing Recreation and Parks basketball leagues will compete in regional contests to determine the top six squads, who then will compete in a final round at the Sports Arena in April. In addition, all of the approximately 4,500 players (ages 8-14) participating in the leagues will be invited to a PRIDE rally with members of the Clippers team at the Sports Arena on the day of the tournament finals.
 In total, more than 8,000 youths are expected to benefit from the clinics and leagues program. Each will receive an ARCO/Clippers gift bag complete with "Ticket to the Top," the official PRIDE videotape developed by ARCO and the Clippers. Using basketball highlights and training tips as vehicles to capture the attention of young people, the videotape features important messages for life through the words of Clippers players.
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 /CONTACT: Joe Safety or Steve Swayne, L.A. Clippers, 213-748-8000, ext. 352; or Annie Reutinger or Scott Loll, ARCO, 213-486-3181, or 213-486-2562/

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