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LAUSD and Pongstarz Hit Dodger Stadium

By Kim Gilbert | Feb. 06, 2015, 6:26 p.m. (ET)

On November 22, 2014 thousands of Los Angeles Unified School District children along with their families, community leaders, sports stars, celebrities, and entertainers participated in the 2nd Annual LAUSD Move It Challenge and Health Festival at Dodger Stadium.  It’s a fundraising event for a 5K Run and Sports Festival that promotes healthy student lifestyles and the immense importance of physical activity and a well-balance diet while raising dollars for vital athletic programs in schools.  The annual event provides a powerful platform for sponsors and vendors to relay their messages, products, and services where kids can be kids at a fun festival full of sports, games, music, and live entertainment.

Back by popular demand by LAUSD students last year, PongStarz (formerly Kim Gilbert Ping Pong Events) took the helm to sponsor, organize, and manage a Ping-Pong Challenge with a pro crew from SPiN LA and prize paddles from Gilbert Table Tennis Center.  Like last year, there was a never ending flow of excited kids in line waiting for a chance to challenge a pro player.  The LAUSD Ping-Pong Challenge also attracted several sports celebrities like NBA legend John Salley and former Dodger player Matt Luke who were honestly just as exuberant as the kids were about playing!

From a kid’s point of view, you could start the day off by running a 5K around Dodger Stadium with Olympic Track and Field Gold Medalist Althea Moses then join your family and friends for food and festivities. After lunch, the first activity of choice was definitely at the ping-pong tables for a pro challenge and a chance to win an autographed paddle.  Then in just a short hop to the main stage you could find yourself singing and dancing to live music next to NFL great Terrell Owens, followed up by another short dash to shoot some hoops with NBA Lakers World Champion A.C. Green.  If by chance you had any energy leftover it would soon be depleted by Kelly Breaux and her Hoop It Up hula hoop program!  It was literally an activity and action packed day full of dreams coming true for thousands of starry-eyed LAUSD school kids as well as a very special event for sponsors and vendors alike.  (CBS TV Event Video)

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NBA Legend John Salley teams up with Kim Gilbert at the 2014 LAUSD Ping Pong Challenge at Dodger Stadium.


SPiN LA pros Subal Mehta and Sandesh Awale team up with PongStarz Kim Gilbert at the 2014 LAUSD Move It Challenge at Dodger Stadium.
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Kim Gilbert and PongStarz sponsor the 2014 LAUSD Ping Pong Challenge to make school kid dreams come true.

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2014 LAUSD Move It Challenge Kids take over Dodger Stadium.

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2014 LAUSD Move It Challenge and 5K Run Finish Line.