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Press Release

For Immediate Release


AFL Western Division Champions Team Up with Local Charity to Assist Latino Children with Cancer and their Families

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 12, 2006 – In a partnership bringing together children with cancer and their favorite athletes, the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League today named PADRES Contra El Cáncer (PADRES), a non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families, the team’s Official 2006 Charitable Partner. To kick-off the new partnership, the team has invited children with cancer to meet the 2006 Avengers and attend a practice on Saturday, January 14 at West Los Angeles College.

“As an avid sports fan, I am delighted the Los Angeles Avengers have chosen to support PADRES Contra El Cáncer,” said EVA LONGORIA, National Spokesperson for PADRES. “The sports and entertainment communities can offer so much to an organization like PADRES. With the help of partners like the Avengers, PADRES is able to continue to change the lives of so many children and their families whose lives have been affected by cancer.”

The team will host “PADRES Contra El Cáncer Night” on Saturday, February 25 when the Avengers take on the Utah Blaze at STAPLES Center. PADRES will also be the beneficiary of the Avenger’s fourth annual “Meet The Team” Luncheon on Friday, February 17 at STAPLES Center.

“PADRES has made a tremendous impact on the lives of thousands of children with cancer and their families,” said Avengers owner and CEO Casey Wasserman. “The Avengers are pleased to have PADRES as part of its team and hope this partnership will help bring awareness to the organization and its cause.”

The Avengers will begin their seventh season at STAPLES Center on Sunday, January 29 versus the Arizona Rattlers. Nine-game season ticket packages are on sale now. Please call 1-888-AVENGERS for more information or visit the team’s official website at

PADRES Contra El Cáncer is a non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families. PADRES programs, activities and services, while primarily oriented to the Latino community, serve childhood cancer patients from ALL races and ethnic origins. No family is turned away. Celebrating over 20 years of service, PADRES brings together children, families, healthcare professionals and community leaders to promote a comprehensive understanding of childhood cancer and other blood disorders as well as effective methods for treatment. Since March 2005, actress EVA LONGORIA has served as the organization’s National Spokesperson. To learn more about PADRES, visit

About the Los Angeles Avengers
The Los Angeles Avengers, one of the Arena Football League’s premier franchises, has distinguished itself as a consistent championship contender and a proud partner in the Southern California community ever since its first season in 2000. Under the direction of head coach Ed Hodgkiss, the Avengers have advanced to the AFL playoffs in each of their past four seasons. In 2005, the Avengers captured their first Western Division championship and led the AFL in offensive scoring percentage (74.4 percent). Equally effective off the field, the Avengers ventured out into local communities more than 80 times during the 2005 season, visiting hospitals, schools, missions and community events. The team also hosted a Blood Drive, Food Drive and its Fourth Annual Charity Golf Tournament. The Avengers are owned by Casey Wasserman and operated under the Wasserman Media Group umbrella. For more information about the Avengers, visit or call 1-888-AVENGERS. For more information about the Wasserman Media Group, visit

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