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St. Maarten Tourist Bureau To Host NBA Basketball Clinic With All-Stars Brendan Haywood, Elton Brand

Press Conference To Be Held At LB Scott Auditorium Prior To Event

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PHILIPSBURG (Aug. 1, 2011) - The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau is teaming up with basketball stars Brendan Haywood of the Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76er Elton Brand to host an NBA basketball clinic taking place Aug. 2, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the LB Scott Auditorium in Philipsburg. The athletes are currently in St. Maarten enjoying their family vacation and have agreed to set aside some time to work with children on the island.

The event is free of charge and offers children the opportunity to learn the skills of the sport and tricks of the trade from professional players. The clinic is also an active outlet for the youth that provides not only skill training but personal relationship building.

"We are proud to be working with such esteemed sports figures on this one-day clinic for the children of St. Maarten," said May-Ling Chun, Interim Director of Tourism for St. Maarten. "We also thank them for taking time out of their family vacation here on the island to work with us."

Prior to the event, there will be an open press conference starting at 6:30 pm at the LB Scott Auditorium.

A graduate of University of North Carolina, Haywood currently plays for the 2011 NBA Champions, Dallas Mavericks. Prior to joining the Mavericks he played for the Washington Wizards where he spent most of his career.

The number one pick in the 1999 NBA draft, Elton Brand was selected by the Chicago Bulls where he played for two years after which he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. He played with the Clippers for seven years before joining the Philadelphia 76ers in 2008.

St. Maarten

St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair. As "the culinary capital of the Caribbean," St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine fusion for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants, one for each day of the year to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook.

Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island's 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions. During the day, watersport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island's scuba diving and snorkeling facilities. The capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with a bustling city atmosphere, while 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless entertainment.

Accommodations are varied and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts. Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport from numerous U.S. and Canadian cities as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean.

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