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Summer Fun Tips-Off with Fourth Annual Kia Motors Statewide Summer Tour

A group of Portland Trail Blazers representatives will hit the road for the fourth consecutive summer to host youth basketball clinics, visit broadcast affiliates and meet Trail Blazers fans throughout the state during the 2011 Kia Motors make it better Statewide Summer Tour.

The Kia Motors Statewide Summer Tour will officially tip-off tomorrow, July 7, at the Police Activities League Youth Center. Trail Blazers Ambassador Chris Dudley will help host a youth basketball clinic from 10 a.m. - noon. The Summer Tour is just one of many initiatives the Trail Blazers organization and make it better volunteers will participate in throughout the summer.

Two additional clinics will fill out the Portland-Metro portion of the tour: Aug. 12 at Cornelius Elementary School (10 a.m. - noon) and Aug. 18 at OAKS Summer Program, Spencer House Apartments in Beaverton (10 a.m. - noon). An I-5 corridor trip is scheduled for Aug. 22 - 25, with stops in Medford (Kids Unlimited, Aug. 23), and Eugene (Eugene Boys & Girls Club, Aug. 25). Rounding out the Summer Tour are three one-day trips, scheduled for July 11 at Ridgefield, WA High School (1 - 3 p.m.), Aug. 2 at Woodburn High School (10 a.m. - noon) and Aug. 10 at the Tillamook YMCA (10 a.m. - noon).

Kia Motors is the proud partner of the Portland Trail Blazers and the make it better Statewide Summer Tour. The tour is inspired by the organization's early history, when Trail Blazers voice Bill Schonely would drive city to city to visit affiliates and help market the organization throughout the region.

"The Kia Motors Statewide Summer Tour has become an integral part of our summer community programming," Trail Blazers President Larry Miller said. "Our partnership with Kia Motors allows us to cover a lot of miles to make it better throughout the Northwest, while strengthening our corporate relationships and providing us an opportunity to visit our broadcast affiliates."

The 2010 Kia Motors make it better Statewide Summer Tour reached more than 1,000 kids throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. The visits contributed to the 103,458 lives touched by make it better initiatives during the 2010-11 season.

"As the official automotive partner of the NBA, Kia Motors is a fan of the game of basketball and being a part of the Statewide Summer Tour that supports the 'make it better' mission underscores the need to promote physical fitness," said Tim Chaney, director, marketing communications, Kia Motors America.

More information on the Kia make it better Statewide Summer Tour and other Trail Blazers make it better programs, visit www.trailblazers.com/makeitbetter.

The overall itinerary for the Kia Motors make it better Statewide Summer Tour is as follows:

Portland Metro Area Dates
July 7: Police Activities League Youth Center
Aug. 12: Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center Health Fair, Cornelius
Aug. 18: OAKS Summer Program, Spencer House Apartments, Beaverton

I-5 South Dates
Aug. 23: Kids Unlimited, Medford
Aug. 24: Roseburg Boys & Girls Club, Roseburg
Aug. 25: Eugene Boys & Girls Club, Eugene

One-Day Trips
July 11: Ridgefield Community Education, Ridgefield High School
Aug. 2: Woodburn High School
Aug. 10: Tillamook YMCA

The Portland Trail Blazers, members of the National Basketball Association (NBA), were founded in 1970, and purchased by Paul G. Allen in 1988. The team's rich heritage includes 29 playoff appearances, an NBA championship in 1977 and a commitment to community service. With a corporate mission to "Make It Better," the Trail Blazers strive to help children and their families throughout Oregon and southwest Washington learn, play, grow, get involved and live healthier lives. The Trail Blazers are the first and only pro sports franchise to receive the prestigious National Points of Light Award for excellence in corporate community service. A long-time partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland led to the establishment of the Blazers Boys & Girls Club, the first team-sponsored club of its kind, and has resulted in contributions of more than $1 million. The Albina Head Start McCormack-Matthews Center, which provides education and health services to preschoolers and their families, was established in 2004 with nearly $1 million in contributions from Allen, the team, and former Trail Blazers star - and Portland native - Damon Stoudamire. For more information on the trailblazers visit www.trailblazers.com.

Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 730 dealers throughout the United States and serves as the "Official Automotive Partner of the NBA." In 2010, KMA recorded its best-ever U.S. sales and 16th consecutive year of increased U.S. market share. Kia is poised to continue its momentum and will continue to build the brand through design innovation, quality, value, safety features and new technologies. Information about Kia Motors America and its full vehicle line-up is available at its website - www.kia.com. For media information, including photography, visit www.kiamedia.com.