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And 1 "Mix Tapes" Run Today at 1:00 p.m.
Venice Rec. Center--(Aug. 18, 2001)

GR1-4.jpg (24273 bytes)August is a kind of slow month...the dog days of summer, sweltering heat in the valleys and the city, thoughts about the return to school just around the corner, football (what's that???), and everyone looking for a way to beat the heat.  If you're looking for something to do on a really hot August afternoon in Los Angeles,  one of the best things to do is head over to Venice beach to catch the West Coast version of Harlem's "Rucker League."   The And 1 "Mix Tapes" will be held today, starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Venice Boardwalk courts, which is also known as the Venice Rec Center, located at 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach, Calif. (Phone: 310-399-2775).   You can also check out And 1's website ( if you want to find out more about the Mix Tour.

A.J. Adande, an LA Times sportswriter, had an interesting column today, and if you're interested in "streetball" you should read it. Of course, if you're also interested in seeing it, here's what Adande had to say about the And 1 "Mix Tapes":

And 1 has made street ball the center of marketing since it began making basketball shoes and apparel eight years ago. When they started giving away "mix tapes" featuring playground highlights from around the country and new hip-hop songs with purchases, the company took off.

Today at 1 p.m., the Venice Boardwalk court where Farmon has run for some 20 years will be the latest stop for the And 1 Mix Tape tour, featuring such playground stars from around the country as Philip "Hot Sauce" Champion from Atlanta, Aaron "A-O" Owens from Philadelphia and Robin "Sik Wit Dit" Kennedy from Pasadena.

Besides the guys mentioned, there will be a lot of other players of note, local guys and a lot of pros just hanging out and maybe playing.  If you've never been out to the Venice court, it's certainly worth it, and it's a great way to spend the day.   See you there....

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