Skyforce to Host Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Skills Challenge Regional Competition

Sioux Falls, S.D. (April 9, 2009) – The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced today that they will host a 2008-09 Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Skills Challenge, sponsored by SINGULAIR, Regional Competition on Saturday, April 11 at the Sioux Falls Arena beginning at 3 p.m. The regional competition champions will have their scores ranked nationally and the top four scorers in each age and gender group will advance to the national finals.

In its second year, the number of Skills Challenge participants has doubled to more than 100,000 children throughout the United States and Canada. The competition’s geographical reach has also increased to include 35 NBA and NBA Development League markets. The competition is free for boys and girls, ages 9 to 14. Participants compete in a time-based, half-court obstacle course to demonstrate their fundamental basketball skills and physical fitness. Twenty-four finalists will travel to Orlando, Fla. to compete in the national finals at the RD Sportsplex, practice facility of the Orlando Magic.

SINGULAIR is a prescription medicine approved to help control symptoms of asthma in adults and children 12 months and older and for relief of symptoms of indoor and outdoor allergies (outdoor allergies in adults and children as young as 2 years and indoor allergies in adults and children as young as 6 months).

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: SINGULAIR is not a rescue medication. Always carry a prescribed rescue inhaler for emergencies or sudden symptoms. For asthma, SINGULAIR should be taken once a day, in the evening as prescribed whether or not you have asthma symptoms. If your asthma symptoms get worse or you need to increase the use of your rescue inhaler, call your doctor at once.

Side effects are generally mild and vary by age, and may include headache, ear infection, sore throat, and upper respiratory infection. Check with your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing. SINGULAIR should be taken once a day, as prescribed. SINGULAIR is available by prescription only.

About Merck
Merck & Co., Inc., the maker of SINGULAIR, is a global research-driven pharmaceutical company dedicated to putting patients first. Established in 1891, Merck discovers, develops, manufactures and markets vaccines and medicines to address unmet medical needs. The company devotes extensive efforts to increase access to medicines through far-reaching programs that not only donate Merck medicines but help deliver them to the people who need them. Merck also publishes unbiased health information as a not-for-profit service. For more information, visit

About the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA
The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA provides instructional materials to players, parents, coaches and officials created by a distinguished group of experts, including nationally recognized youth sports expert Rick Wolff, the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO), and the Jr. NBA/ Jr. WNBA Advisory Council comprised of Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors), Jordan Farmar (L.A. Lakers), Kevin Durant (OKC Thunder), Danilo Gallinari (New York Knicks), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Tina Thompson (Houston Comets), Tom Washington (NBA Official), June Courteau (WNBA Official), Bill Laimbeer (head coach of the Detroit Shock), Doc Rivers (head coach of the Boston Celtics), and Bill Walton (Hall of Famer and ABC/ESPN analyst). In addition, this season Hall of Famer Bob Lanier will serve as the Jr. NBA/ Jr. WNBA Pledge to be a S.T.A.R Ambassador.

The Skyforce’s next game is on Friday, April 10 on the road against the Iowa Energy. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. Twelve-ticket flex packs are on sale throughout the 2008-09 season. Discounts and benefits are also available for groups of 10 or more. For more information please contact a Skyforce representative at (605) 332-0605.