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Globetrotter in Geneva July 24

Former NCAA star and Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams will make appearancesin Geneva July 24 through the Vitagrant community wellness program sponsoredby Community Unified Today, Inc.He will visit with participants in CUT¹s FitKids Summer Camp beforeconducting a basketball clinic for kids ages 13-16 and making himselfavailable to the public through a series of events, including a publicspeaking engagement.Using humor and ball-handling skills to break the ice, Adams has delivered amessage of hope, health and hard work to thousands of students acrossAmerica during the past three years.³Community Unified Today and the Vitagrant team is delighted the communityat large will be able to meet this inspiring national sports leader,² saidJackie Augustine, CUT development assistant and coordinator of the July 24event.³His message of believing in your dreams, the value of education, achievinggoals, and taking care of your health is really uplifting for thecommunity,² Augustine said.Adams¹ schedule July 24 includes:n 2-3 p.m.: basketball clinic with children enrolled in the FitKids summerprogram sponsored by CUT through Vitagrant. Some spaces still available,call 781-0534 for more informationn 3:30-4:15: basketball clinic for teens ages 13 through 16 at the GenevaYMCA. Registration for 40 boys and girls is on a first-come, first-servedbasis. The fee is $5 per teen. Registrants must call 781-0534 beforeWednesday, July 23rd to reserve a slot.n 4:30-5:15: The public is invited to an autograph-signing session by Adamsat Community Unified Today, 152 Genesee St., Geneva. There is no charge.n 5:30-7pm: The public is invited to a picnic sponsored by CUT [andWegmans] at St. Peter¹s Episcopal Church, 151 Genesee St., Geneva. Thepicnic will be held on the church lawn or in the church meeting hall,depending on the weather. Reservations are encouraged by Tuesday, July 22,and can be made by calling CUT at (315) 781-0534. Children eat free,tickets for adults are $5 each.n 8 p.m.: Adams speaks at Mount Calvary Church of God in Christ, 21 MiltonSt., Geneva. The public is invited. There is no charge.Adams graduated from San Jose Christian College as a two-time NCAA IIIAll-American basketball player. He had more baskets, assists and stealsthan any other player in the college¹s history.Professionally, Adams played in CBA Memphis, NBA San Antonio Spurs, NewZealand, Europe, South America and Central America. He played for the HarlemGlobetrotters from 1997-2000.Adams lives in Alpharetta., Ga., and retired from the exhibition team threeyears ago. ³The Globetrotters have truly been a blessing,² he said, butinfluencing positive choices in young people has become the focus of hisprofessional life.Adams was born in 1971 and grew up in a Houston ghetto. He was 13 when hisfather died. Adams said it was then he turned to sports, where hard workand constant practicing made him a basketball star at Eisenhower HighSchool.Community Unified Today is sponsoring Adams¹ appearance as part of itsstate-funded Vitagrant health and nutrition activities. CUT is a non-profitorganization which operates child care centers, housing and familyassistance programs, plus other community projects.Vitagrant activities include ³Happy, Healthy and Whole² workshops,designed to help individuals develop good nutrition and exercise habits.Summer workshops, held 10 to noon at CUT¹s main offices, are scheduled forJuly 26, Aug. 9 and Aug. 16. The workshops are free and open to anyresident of the Finger Lakes Region.Upcoming Vitagrant events include the second session of the FitKids summerday camp, a talk by a medical expert on childhood obesity, an after-schoolprogram, health and nutrition activities at Unity Festival Sept. 5-6 and aprogram where parents and children learn together how to eat healthfully andexercise as a family.More than 40 adults and children are participating in Vitagrant¹s CommunityGardening program at sites around Geneva this summer. Vitagrant alsosponsored a dinner-seminar in June which featured prostate cancer expert Dr.Luvenia Cowart of Syracuse University.To register for the basketball clinic, picnic, or for more information aboutany of Community Unified Today¹s programs, please call the office315-781-0534 or stop by 152 Genesee Street.

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