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SPORTS EXECS AIM TO ANSWER CLINTON'S CALL FOR GREATER GOOD
Published November 5, 1999
President Clinton "kicked off his second antipoverty tour" in Newark yesterday by challenging pro sports teams across the U.S. to "go beyond making appearances for good causes" and use some of the team's resources to improve local communities, according to Ann Scales of the BOSTON GLOBE. With members of the Nets and other pro sports organizations joining him, Clinton said, "Make investment in your community second only in your priorities to bringing home the championship trophy." He cited the efforts of Nets co-Owners Lewis Katz and Ray Chambers, who have put 38% of their team profits into a trust fund to help underprivileged NJ youths (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/5). The Nets announced that they will adopt an after-school program at the NJ school where Clinton spoke, increasing to $500,000 their funding for a teen-job training program. NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced that the league would provide $1.5M in grants to build or restore football fields in 18 cities. Cotsco pledged $500,000 to encourage pro teams to follow the Seahawks' example in forming partnerships with "troubled schools in their areas," and MLB and the NBA committed to participating in the Diverse Partners Program and looking for minority contractors to serve the "catering, landscaping, merchandise and other needs of their ballparks" (AP, 11/4). The Nets will buy their adopted school band new uniforms, instruments and 23 computers (H. CHRONICLE, 11/5).