Red-White Games to Benefit PHS Play It Smart Program, LHS & ELHS Athletic Funds

 PORTLAND, ME (October 8, 2009) -- The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced they will hold an intra-squad scrimmage at the Portland Expo on November 22 at 7 PM. The announcement was made on the Red Claws flagship station 96.3 FM WJAB by Red Claws President and General Manager Jon Jennings, Play It Smart’s Portland High School Academic Coach Audrey McKenzie, Portland High School Athletic Director Rich Drummond and Portland High School Principal Michael Johnson.


Proceeds from the game will fund Portland High School’s Play It Smart program for the 2009-10 school year. Play It Smart is a national organization committed to improving the academic performance of high school student-athletes from economically disadvantaged areas. Once a school joins the Play It Smart organization an Academic Coach is appointed to monitor and encourage the student-athletes for the entire year.


Tickets for the November 22 scrimmage are $5, and are available at Portland High School, by calling the Portland High Athletic Department at 207-874-8257, and online at the ticket return website. The Lady Red Claws dance team will perform at half-time.


“The student-athletes at Portland High School who participate in the Play It Smart have given back to the city of Portland in so many ways,” said Jennings. “When we learned that the school did not have funding for the program, we wanted to find a way to help out. A basketball game seemed the perfect solution. The Play It Smart kids helped make our announcement of the team back in February a wonderful, raucous event. We are happy to reciprocate with this fund-raiser to help the program continue.”





Edward Little High School to Host November 19 Red-White Game


PORTLAND, ME (October 8, 2009) -- The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that they will hold an open intra-squad at Edward Little High School in Auburn on November 19 at 7 PM. The announcement was made by Red Claws President and General Manager Jon Jennings at the Lewiston-Auburn Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Jennings was joined by Dan Deshaies, the athletic director at Edward Little High School, and Jason Fuller, the athletic director at Lewiston High School, in making the announcement.


Proceeds from the game will benefit the Edward Little High School and Lewiston High School athletic programs. General admission tickets for the November 19 scrimmage are $5 and are available at Lewiston High School’s Athletic Office or Edward Little High School’s Athletic Office, Florian’s Market on Main Street in Auburn, and Gipper’s Sports Grill on Center Street in Auburn. Proceeds from the intra-squad game, which will also feature a half-time performance by the Lady Red Claws dance team, will be split evenly between the two schools.


“This will be the first opportunity for basketball fans in Maine to see the Red Claws in game action,” said Jennings, “and we are thrilled that the public high schools in Lewiston and Auburn will be able to benefit from this intra-squad game. The Red Claws have received tremendous support from the L-A area, and we are happy to have this opportunity to give back.”