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Delonte West to Make Area Appearance on August 26
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  08/10/2006

Aug. 10, 2006

PHILADELPHIA - Former Saint Joseph's star and current Boston Celtics player Delonte West will sign autographs at Dick's Sporting Goods in Plymouth Meeting, PA, on Saturday, August 26 from 4-6 p.m. A donation of $5 is suggested for each autograph and proceeds from the appearance will benefit the Delonte West Foundation.

Dick's Sporting Goods is located at the Metroplex Shopping Center, 2430 Chemical Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA.

This appearance is in conjunction with a number of free basketball clinics that West is hosting for inner-city youth in Philadelphia and Boston. These clinics will provide more than 400 kids with the opportunity to work on their basketball, sportsmanship, and teamwork skills, while building self-esteem both on and off the court.

The Delonte West Foundation, a fund of the Institute for Science and Health, strives to make an impact in the lives of children through education, health and the arts.

West's primary objective is to partner with Life Pieces to Masterpieces, a Washington, DC-based organization, and expand its programming and curriculum. Life Pieces To Masterpieces' purpose is to provide African-American males, living in low-income and public housing, with opportunities to discover their ability to change challenges into possibilities by using art as an outlet.

In addition, West is working with the Boys & Girls Clubs to create an incentive program that rewards children for making positive decisions. Members will have the opportunity to receive incentive items based on their personal successes in school, at home, and at the community center.

West averaged 18.9 points as a junior as SJU made its run to the 2004 NCAA Elite Eight, while compiling a 30-2 record. He was the 24th pick overall in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics and just completed his second season with the team. Last year, he started 78 games and averaged 11.8 pionts and 4.6 assists per contest.