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Governor Proclaims Maine Red Claws Day

November 23, 2009

AUGUSTA – Governor John E. Baldacci proclaimed today as Maine Red Claws Day throughout the State, recognizing the first game of the National Basketball Association Development League team. The Governor invited owners, players and coaches to a pre-game reception at the Blaine House this afternoon. The team will play a pre-season game this evening at the Augusta Civic Center.

“Maine people are enthusiastic about the Red Claws,” said the Governor. “We welcome the players, coaches and their families to the State, and thank the ownership team and the NBA for choosing Maine as the home for an expansion team. I’ve been impressed with the way the team has already shown their commitment to Maine through their partnerships with local charities and through fundraising to benefit Maine children and families. We look forward to this first season of Development League basketball in Maine.”

The Governor will be attending the pre-season game in Augusta this evening. The event starts at 7 p.m.

For more information about the Maine Red Claws, visit http://www.nba.com/dleague/maine

The text of the proclamation follows:

WHEREAS, the State of Maine enters a new era with addition of the NBA Development League team, the Maine Red Claws; and

WHEREAS, the people of Maine hold a deep passion for the game of basketball, from our high school “Tourney Time” to our beloved Boston Celtics; and

WHEREAS, a group of dedicated area businesspeople joined to form an ownership group to bring the newest professional sports team to the State; and

WHEREAS, the State of Maine is excited to become part of the National Basketball Association family with this development team; and

WHEREAS, the owners, players and coaches of the Maine Red Claws have already demonstrated great commitment to Maine’s communities through their support of Maine charities and organizations; and

WHEREAS, the four focus areas for the Maine Red Claws’ charitable giving and partnerships are: health and fitness; education; children and community outreach; and

WHEREAS, the Maine Red Claws begins its inaugural season this evening with a pre-season game at the Augusta Civic Center; and

WHEREAS, we celebrate a new chapter in Maine’s rich basketball history with the addition of the Maine Red Claws and we look forward to the first of many exciting seasons,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN E. BALDACCI, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim November 23, 2009 as

Maine Red Claws Day throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to recognize this observance.

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