Raze Gets Basketball Fans Involved In State Tournament

March 15, 2006

Charleston, W.Va. - Blue, silver, maroon, green and gold aren’t the only colors being sported at the Charleston Civic Center this week. The black and orange colors of Raze will be visible when the State Boys Basketball Tournament tips off Wednesday, March 15, 2006. As Charleston prepares for a second round of state basketball tournaments, Raze Crews from across West Virginia are getting their messages out in full force during the four day event.  

Raze, the statewide youth empowered tobacco prevention organization, hosted halftime activities throughout the Girls’ State Tournament last week and will continue this week with the Boys’ State Tournament.  

“Because of our close working relationship with the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activity Commission (SSAC), we are able to get our messages on the dangers of tobacco use out to not only the students but to the parents and other fans who come to cheer on the players,” said Dean Lee, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education. “They have been a great partner to work with and we thank them for letting us be a part of this tradition.”  

Halftime activities are just one avenue that Raze is able to spread its message. Chances are when fans look to the message boards on each side of the Civic Center they will more than likely read facts on the dangers of tobacco. Every three minutes, Raze facts light up the board with messages that are read by thousands basketball fans each day.  

Since its inception in 2001, nearly 10,000 teens have joined Raze in its fight against tobacco. Currently, there are more than 140 crews throughout the state in all 55 counties.  

For more information about Raze, visit www.razewv.com or contact Dean Lee, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator for the Office of Healthy Schools, at (304) 558-8830, or Jennifer Abbott, State Raze Coordinator for the Office of Healthy Schools, at (304) 766-7655, ext. 204.  


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