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Centerplate Hosts Local Schools At Houston Rockets Training Camp

MCALLEN, Texas, Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Centerplate, along with the NBA Development League, Rio Grande Valley Vipers will welcome 500 school children from the STC Jaguar Club and Grulla Middle School to participate in the Houston Rockets Rio Grande Valley Training Camp on Oct. 2 and 4.

As a part of Centerplate's commitment to the Rio Grande Valley community, they will partner with the Vipers to invite two local schools to the Houston Rockets NBA training camp at the McAllen Convention Center. Following the Rockets morning practice, Centerplate will provide lunch for the students. The children will have the opportunity to meet with Rockets players to discuss the importance of hard work, healthy eating, goal setting and the upcoming basketball season.

"We are thankful to Centerplate for contributing to local kids during the Houston Rockets RGV training camp. This is a great opportunity for local children to meet the professional basketball players that they look up to and to see firsthand what can be achieved through hard work and dedication," Vipers president Bert Garcia said.

"Our team at the McAllen Convention Center is thrilled that the Houston Rockets and the Vipers have provided us this chance to give back to the Rio Grande Valley community," says Luke Wooldridge of Centerplate. "We know that world-class hospitality has the power to strengthen the Convention Center, the local economy, and the entire community."

The Houston Rockets RGV Training Camp is a part of Rocket Launch 2012. In addition to training camp, the Rockets will also be making several appearances throughout the RGV community. Rocket Launch will conclude with a NBA preseason matchup between the Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder, presented by State Farm, on October 10.

Centerplate, America's leading event hospitality partner to the country's top sports venues, convention centers and universities is proud to also partner with the NBA's New Orleans Hornets.

About Centerplate
Centerplate crafts and delivers "Craveable Experiences. Raveable Results." in over 250 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues across North America – annually serving over 100 million guests. Centerplate has provided event hospitality services to 15 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, 13 Super Bowls, 20 World Series, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and the largest plated dinner in history at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial Celebration. Last year, the company was named the fastest growing restaurant/ hospitality group in the country by Nation's Restaurant News. Visit the company online at

SOURCE Centerplate