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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Michaele DeBoer July 22, 2004 (562) 889-5433

 ‘Beach Play Day’ Brings Hundreds of Youth to Huntington State Beach Note to Photo and Assignment Editors: The event is at Huntington State Beach, between lifeguard stations 13 and 14. A schedule of events is included at the end of this release. HUNTINGTON BEACH – More than 750 youth between the ages of 8 and 17 from throughout California – many of whom have never been to a beach before – will be the guests of California State Parks at a special two-day “Beach Play Day” at Huntington State Beach, July 27 – 28, 2004, State Park Director Ruth Coleman announced today. The seventh annual “Beach Play Day” is sponsored by California State Parks, the State Parks Police Activities League, the California Police Activities League representing other law enforcement agencies around California and made possible in part by a grant from the National PAL. This collaborative event provides beach related games, physical activity, environmental awareness and an overnight campout at one of Orange County’s most popular beaches while focusing on healthy living options using recreation as exercise and challenging activities to build self esteem while having fun. A variety of activities are planned to help the youth enjoy their two-day beach experience including a demonstration of surf rescue techniques, including the use of a helicopter, body boarding, rock wall climbing, a giant Slip N Slide, and street hockey provided by the Los Angeles Kings professional hockey team. Older teenagers will be offered the chance to ride all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on a sandy beach course set up by volunteers and State Parks’ Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. Following an evening dance, the youth guests will be treated to a campout on the beach. State Parks personnel, police officers from various agencies, and volunteers from a variety of organizations will be on hand to help run the program. “Too often too many kids are at-risk and on the brink of failure,” said State Parks Director Ruth Coleman. “This program broadens their awareness of the opportunities that exist outside
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Beach Play Day 2/2 their immediate neighborhoods while spending time with positive adult role models. It we don’t reach out and show we care, we just keep filling up the juvenile justice system, and that’s a sure road to failure.” Police Activities Leagues are non-profit organizations that are associated with local police departments or sheriff’s offices. The PALs promote positive relationships between youth and peace officers. The groups’ mission is to use recreation and educational activities to help youth become productive citizens. Currently there are more than 110 PAL organizations in California that are affiliated with the statewide organization, CAL PAL. Youth for the “Beach Play Day” are selected to attend by their respective PALs for a variety of reasons. Some have stayed in school and out of trouble all year in order to earn trips to special events. Many have never been to the beach before. The State Parks Police Activities League (SPPAL) is part of the non-profit, California State Parks Foundation. Its mission is to promote responsible citizenship in youth through outdoor recreation and educational experiences. SPPAL was the first PAL in the U.S. representing a state law enforcement agency with its programs made possible by the financial support of the Foundation’s members and donors. Huntington State Beach is located at 21601 Pacific Coast Highway, opposite Magnolia Avenue in Huntington Beach. NOTE: The following is a list of the organizations that will be participating. Anaheim PAL, Bakersfield PAL, Blythe PAL, Calipatria PAL, Calexico PAL, Colton PAL, Compton YAL, Desert Hot Springs, East Los Angeles PAL, El Centro PAL, Fresno PAL, Hemet PAL, Industry PAL, Inglewood PAL, LAPD Devonshire, LAPD Hollywood PAL, LAPD Hollenbeck PAL, Lennox SAL, Monterey Bay PAL, Monterey County PAL, Oakland PAL, Oxnard PAL, Palm Springs PAL, Pasadena PAL, Santa Barbara PAL, Santa Clarita Valley PAL, Temecula PAL and Westmoreland PAL. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2004 0830 – 0930 PALS arrive 0930 – 1000 Welcome 1000 – 1100 Surf Rescue Demo by CA State Lifeguards/ HBPD/ OCFA 1100 – 1200 Lunch 1200 – 1800 Activity Rotations 1800 – 1900 Dinner 1900 – 2100 Beach Dance Party 2100 – 2200 Campfires and good night campers! WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2004

Beach Play Day 2/2 0700 – 0830 Breakfast 0830 – 1000 Beach Flags & Cup Stacking Championships 1000 – 1100 Team Building Initiative and Beach Clean-up 1100 – 1200 Breakdown Camp and travel home The youth participants are between the ages of 8 and 17 and are affiliated with Police Activities Leagues throughout California. The California Police Activities League is the fastest growing community service entity in the State of California. Since January of 1996, CAL PAL has grown from 48 members to over 110, serving youngsters from almost 300 different California cities and towns. More than 200,000 kids in California participate in CAL PAL programs.w photo ID to enter -NO EXCEPTIONS!!