LAS VEGAS, Feb. 17, 2007 -- NBA Commissioner David Stern, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, NBA legends and stars including Jason Kidd, and local dignitaries today helped unveil the new NBA Cares Learn & Play Center at Mabel Hoggard Elementary School in Las Vegas. The annual All-Star Legacy Project was part of the NBA Cares Community Caravan, which featured over 20 events taking place throughout Las Vegas, including reading rallies, basketball clinics, Habitat for Humanity home builds and a visit to Sunrise Children’s Hospital.

Today’s event showcased the new Learn & Play Center at the school, where the NBA and its partners, including Toyota, completed extensive renovations that included the donation of computers by Lenovo as well as books from Scholastic, literacy and reading resources from Encyclopedia Britannica, and a refurbished basketball court. Additionally, Las Vegas-based OSA International donated their production services to the project. The technology lab and new basketball court will provide the hundreds of children who attend the school with the support and resources they need to succeed in the classroom and in life.

“Providing access to learning resources is an important initiative for NBA Cares,” said Kathy Behrens, NBA senior vice president, community and player programs. “Mabel Hoggard Elementary’s new Learn & Play Center will leave a lasting reminder of NBA All-Star 2007 and it will serve this school and community for years to come.”

Since 2001, the NBA has dedicated a place where families can live, learn or play in each host city during All-Star week and the Finals. To date, 260 Live, Learn & Play Centers have been created around the world.

“As the official PC partner of the NBA, Lenovo supplies PCs used throughout NBA operations both on and off the court,” said Deepak Advani, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Lenovo. “In the NBA Learn and Play Centers, these PCs will serve as tools that spark creativity in students and help empower them to emerge as problem solvers, innovators and entrepreneurs.”

Mabel Hoggard Math/Science Magnet School has the distinction of being the first elementary magnet school established in Las Vegas. At Hoggard, students participate in a rigorous academic curriculum with an emphasis on science, mathematics, and technology. They are taught the art of scientific investigation and mathematical problem solving with the use of computer technology to support the educational program.

NBA Cares is the league's social responsibility initiative that builds on the NBA's long tradition of addressing important social issues in the United States and around the world. NBA Cares works with internationally-recognized youth-serving programs that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes, including: UNICEF; Reading Is Fundamental; Habitat for Humanity; Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Feed the Children, Special Olympics, KaBOOM!, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and many others.