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CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION GETS A BIG TEAMMATE IN PATRICK EWING FEATURED ON POSTER DURING APRIL, NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

 ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- NBA Superstar Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks is teaming up with parents and kids to block child abuse and lead a fast break to educating others about stopping it. A new anti-child abuse poster features the 7-time NBA All-Star and 2-time Olympic gold medalist.
 Sponsored by the American Amusement Machine Association (AAMA) on behalf of the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse (NCPCA), the poster is the sixth in an annual series of anti-child abuse awareness posters featuring athletes and TV personalities. The posters are being distributed nationwide to schools, libraries and youth organizations to increase awareness during April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
 In recognition of his participation in the 1993 poster awareness campaign, Ewing will be presented with a commemorative plaque at halftime of tonight's Knicks-New Jersey Nets game by NCPCA National Board Member Jacqueline Leo, Editor-In-Chief of Family Circle magazine and AAMA Vice President Tony Yula, President of Mondial, Springfield, N.J.
 "We believe more people must become aware of the prevalence of child abuse and ways they can help prevent it," said Bob Fay, AAMA executive director. "Through education and spending time in family activities, parents and others can learn how to stop child abuse before it ever starts."
 The poster features a photo of Ewing and his son relaxing at home by listening to compact discs on a CD jukebox. The text accompanying the photo encourages the reader to "take time out to be with your kids" and to "help your children shoot for their dreams."
 "I am delighted that Patrick Ewing and AAMA have teamed up in support of our efforts," said Dr. Anne Cohn Donnelly, NCPCA executive director. "Together with Patrick, we can defend against child abuse."
 Free copies of the poster are available in limited supply by contacting the NCPCA, P.O. Box 2866J, Chicago, IL, 60690 or by contacting the AAMA at 12371 Directors Loop, Woodbridge, VA, 22192.
 Series posters in past years featured Bo Jackson, Don Mattingly, Nolan Ryan, John Madden and actor Fred Savage.
 NCPCA, founded in 1972, is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to involving all concerned citizens in the prevention of child abuse.
 NCPCA, in conjunction with its chapters in all 50 states, offers programs and resources to accomplish the mission of preventing child abuse in all forms.
 Founded in 1981, the American Amusement Machine Association is a national trade group representing manufacturers, distributors, parts suppliers and others interested in promoting and protecting the coin- operated amusement machine industry.
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