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May 1, 2008 2:01 PM

Jamal Crawford to host benefit in Seattle

Posted by Jayda Evans

New York guard Jamal Crawford is returning to his native Seattle, a normal off-season routine. This summer, he'll also host a benefit for Seattle Public Schools. Here's the press release for the June 14 festivites.

NY KNICKS GUARD AND FORMER RAINIER BEACH ALUM JAMAL CRAWFORD HOSTS "HIGH TOPS AND HELPING HANDS" AT SEATTLE'S "TALARIS" TO BENEFIT SEATTLE PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS CERTIFIED ATHLETIC TRAINER SPORTS MEDICINE PROGRAM

SEATTLE -- New York Knicks guard Jamal Crawford and the Jamal Crawford Foundation present a Saturday night filled with fun, interactive games and celebrities June 14 to benefit Seattle Public High Schools Certified Athletic Trainer Sports Medicine Programs. Jamal Crawford Foundation's "High Tops and Helping Hands" will begin at 6p.m. on June 14 at Talaris Conference Center located at 4000 NE 41st Street in Seattle's Laurelhurst community. Admission to this evening of great entertainment is a tax-deductible contribution of $175 per person. VIP Party tickets are available at a cost of $300.

"High Tops and Helping Hands" will include interactive games, mingling with local-area pro athletes including Portland Trail Blazer guards Brandon Roy and Martell Webster, Sacramento Kings center Spencer Hawes and a special-guest performance by the Roosevelt High School Jazz Ensemble. The benefit will help provide quality sports medicine training for trainers responsible for Seattle Public High School student-athletes.

"The Jamal Crawford Foundation is thrilled to be presenting this fun and entertaining event that will raise awareness and funds for Seattle Public High School Certified Athletic Trainers program -- protecting our student-athletes," said Crawford, who established his foundation in 2005. "The work of athletic trainers is essential. As parents of student-athletes, we want to know that our children will receive the best medical care on and off the playing field. Athletic Trainers are the first wave of treatment for student-athletes that face such unfortunate circumstances."

The Jamal Crawford Foundation is currently taking reservations for the June 14 "High Tops and Helping Hands" event up until 6 p.m. on Friday, June 13. Tickets and VIP reservations for the fund-raising event can be arranged by calling Matthew Wade, executive director of the Jamal Crawford Foundation, at (206) 227-9387. Only a few tickets for June 14 will be available at the door the evening of the event.

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