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2011 Lakers School of Champions Award Luncheon

Dec 5 2011 12:19PM

The Lakers School of Champions program is a combined effort of the Lakers, Los Angeles Times in Education and Anthem Blue Cross Foundation, and encourages students to improve their language arts skills while learning about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle by using a Lakers-themed curriculum. Los Angeles County fourth through twelfth grade teachers can enroll their students in the Lakers School of Champions program, which includes daily delivery of the Los Angeles Times for each student. The Lakers School of Champions culminates with an art contest for elementary school students and an essay contest the middle school and high school students. First, second and third place winners from each grade level are invited to a special luncheon at the LA Times Building in downtown Los Angeles.

At this year's luncheon, representatives from the LA Times and Anthem Blue Cross Foundation and Lakers legend, James Worthy addressed the winners and encouraged them to continue their drive for academic excellence. Each winner was called to stage for recognition and to receive their cash prize, Lakers paraphernalia, special School of Champions t-shirt, and tickets to the Lakers v. Thunder game on April 10th. At the game, all winners and their guest were treated to a pregame dinner reception and first place winners were honored during an on-court ceremony at halftime.

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