USC Men's Basketball Team To Serve Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov. 19, 2007

The USC men's basketball team will participate in the Reach Back L.A. and The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation's 1st Annual Thanksgiving Dinner in Watts, Calif. tomorrow (Nov. 20). Head coach Tim Floyd and his Trojan team will attend the second half of the event and serve meals to the underprivileged as part of the charity function which will run from 3-7 p.m. and is being held at 1773 E. Century Blvd.

Among the special guests at the Thanksgiving Dinner will be actor/directors Mark Wahlberg and Penny Marshall and L.A. Clipper guard Sam Cassell.

Reach Back L.A. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide an environment of perpetual learning and development for at-risk youth, ages 8 to 17 and create a partnership with teen's ages 18 and 19 to prepare them for the transition to adulthood. This is accomplished by offering structure and positive alternatives to alienation and juvenile delinquency through comprehensive programs in education, health, gang prevention and intervention, social and cultural enrichment, sports and recreational activities, which emphasize family involvement, pride in the community, and academic excellence.

The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation was established for the purpose of raising and distributing funds to youth service and enrichment programs. Established in May 2001 by Mark Wahlberg, a lifelong member and advocate of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Mark came from a family of nine children and spent most of his afternoons and evenings at his local club.

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