Underprivileged kids to see college basketball rivalry

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BOSTON -- More than 400 underprivileged, inner-city youths will see rival basketball teams from Boston College and UMass-Amherst battle this Sunday [Dec. 14] for the Governor's Cup in the Bell Atlantic Commonwealth Classic.
Bell Atlantic is distributing tickets to non-profit, community-based organizations around the state.
"Bell Atlantic is delighted to play a part in supporting this cross-state, college rivalry," said Bell Atlantic Senior Vice President Wayne Budd. "This is an example of Bell Atlantic promoting access for people of all backgrounds to the best in human achievement, whether in sports, culture or education."
Budd will participate in half-time ceremonies with representatives from each university, and at the end of the game will join Gov. A. Paul Cellucci in presenting the coveted trophy to this year's winner.
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