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Hornets Jersey Auction to Benefit VAMOS Fund

December 31, 2008 - NBA G League (G League) - Rio Grande Valley Vipers News Release

HIDALGO, TEXAS - The NBA D-League Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced today that the New Orleans Hornets jerseys to be worn by the team for Saturday night's home game against the Albuquerque Thunderbirds at Dodge Arena will be auctioned off to raise money for the Valley Alliance of Mentors for Opportunities and Scholarships (VAMOS) fund.

VAMOS was founded in 1996 in response to an urgent need to improve educational opportunities for Hispanics in the Rio Grande Valley. The mission of the organization is to assist Hispanic students of Hidalgo, Starr and Cameron County in completing a post-secondary education.

VAMOS awards four-year scholarships ranging from $8,000 to $20,000 to Hispanic high school seniors who are legal permanent residents of the aforementioned counties, rank in the top 25% of their high school graduating class, have plans to enroll full-time in a degree-seeking program at a four-year U.S. accredited institution for the upcoming year, and apply for Federal Financial Aid.

"VAMOS serves as an unprecedented opportunity for Hispanics in the Rio Grande Valley to secure resources and options that will prepare them and empower them to close the academic achievement gap. VAMOS reaches out to our youth at risk and provides them an opportunity. We witness an incredible vitality, desire, ambition and determination in the hearts and minds of Hispanics that live in our community. These are traits that make VAMOS strive to find more partnerships and opportunities that will reduce the barriers that impede successful educational attainment and disrupt the cycle of poverty. We are very grateful for the RGV Vipers and appreciate the support not only to VAMOS, but the community in general," said Heather Margain, the Executive Director of VAMOS.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the game scheduled to start at 7:00.

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are a professional basketball team in the NBA Development League (NBA D-League). The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA's official minor league and features 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA teams. The league has produced 15 percent of the players on 2007-08 end-of-season NBA rosters and continues to develop current NBA coaches and referees. In fostering the league's connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote youth basketball, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout this season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at The Vipers NBA affiliates are the Houston Rockets, and the New Orleans Hornets.

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