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CLINTON'S POVERTY INITIATIVE HAS HIM SEEKING OUT PRO TEAMS
Published November 4, 1999
President Clinton will visit Newark today to ask corporations and sports organizations across the U.S. to help "rejuvenate poor patches of America and spark opportunities for its youth," according to Alaya & Jordan of the Newark STAR-LEDGER. In highlighting the social responsibilities of sports organizations, Clinton will be joined by officials from the Nets, the NFL and MLB. The focus on sports franchises will "be a theme" in a two-day, four-city tour, "which will be Clinton's second cross- country trek promoting his 'New Markets' initiative." Officials said that Clinton was "drawn to Newark because of the enthusiastic interest" of Nets co-Owners Ray Chambers and Lewis Katz in rebuilding Newark. With Clinton, the Nets will announce a new educational project in a Newark school in partnership with Costco. NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue will announce new community projects across the U.S. in partnership with the national non-profit group, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (STAR-LEDGER, 11/4). In Boston, Ann Scales writes that "there may be no better example" of teams partnering with local businesses than "what the Nets have done" in Newark. Chambers and Katz have pledged to give 38% of their team profits to benefit NJ youths and have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to city youth programs (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/4). MVP PROGRAM: In S.F., Andrea Woo profiled the Mentors in Violence Program (MVP), instituted by Northeastern Univ.'s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, which educates young students on the issue of domestic violence by using sports "lingo" and a "playbook." Some teams, such as the Patriots, are "requiring players to go through MVP training," and the Center is close to signing a contract with the NBA and WNBA to get pro basketball teams "involved in the program as well" (S.F. EXAMINER, 11/3).