The 11th annual Guaranty Basketball Association (GBA) will crown its Boys and Girls champions at Davis Athletic Arena on Saturday, August 5. Beginning at 10 a.m., the Boys' League will play two semifinal games, followed by the Girls' and Boys' League championship games. This season, 84 boys and girls teams competed at 15 different sites throughout Dallas in hopes of making it to the championship round.
Following the first Boys' semifinal game, representatives from the sponsoring organizations will present the Eagle Award to one outstanding boy and girl participant who have written essays about GBA and the community service project. The award winners will be chosen based on sportsmanship, positive attitude and commitment to personal growth -- on and off the court, as well as the quality of their essay. Both award winners will receive personal computers donated by Guaranty Bank.
"Guaranty Bank would like to thank all our partners for allowing us to complete this important milestone -- the 11th year of GBA," said Linda Walker, Senior Vice President of Community Affairs at Guaranty Bank. "Through this program, we are able to give Dallas youth a chance to be part of something positive in the summer. From our community service day to learning winning characteristics on and off the court, GBA encourages these kids to be successful."
The eight-week long GBA season involves nearly 1,000 inner-city youth between 12 and 14 years of age. This year's program is sponsored by Guaranty Bank, the Dallas Police Department, SMU and the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.
Dallas Police Chief Kunkle will kick off the event with encouraging words to GBA players, volunteers and organizers. "I would like to salute Guaranty Bank for providing such a great outlet for kids during the summer. GBA allows our Dallas youth to get involved in their community and teaches them how to be team players."
Volunteers, primarily from the community, Dallas Park and Recreation Department, SMU, and Guaranty Bank have served as team coaches, and Top Basketball Official Association provided referees during the two month program.
GBA began in 1995 to give kids an alternative to roaming the streets during the summer months. Approximately 8,000 inner-city youth have participated in the GBA games since the program's inception. As a part of GBA's athletic competition and mentoring program, players must complete a community service project.
Guaranty Bank, with more than $17 billion in assets, operates a network of more than 150 banking centers throughout California and Texas. Guaranty Bank is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender. Guaranty Bank and its affiliates are owned by Temple-Inland Inc. which operates four business segments: corrugated packaging, forest products, real estate and financial services. Temple-Inland's 2.0 million acres of forestland are certified as managed in compliance with ISO 14001 and in accordance with the Sustainable Forestry InitiativeÂ® (SFI) Standard of the Sustainable Forestry Board to ensure forest management is conducted in a scientifically sound and environmentally sensitive manner. Temple-Inland's common stock (TIN) is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NYSE Arca Inc. Temple-Inland's address on the World Wide Web is www.templeinland.com.