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Summertime Sports in the South Park Blocks – News Release

    The Oregon Sports Authority and are proud to announce the launch of “Summertime Sports in the South Park Blocks,” beginning this Thursday from 11:00am – 1:00pm at SW Salmon and Park in downtown Portland. The event is free to the public and offers the chance for friends and co-workers to challenge each other to games of ping-pong, air hockey, pop-a-shot basketball, foosball, 4-square and mini-golf.

    “Summertime Sports in the South Park Blocks” will occur each Thursday through August 23 and also offers the opportunity to learn about exciting Oregon sports events, such as the AST Dew Tour, Pro Wakeboard Tour, Race for the Cure and LIVESTRONG Challenge.

    “We are delighted to provide the chance for everyone to come out to the South Park Blocks and have some fun during the otherwise busy work week,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority. “It’s also a great way for people to learn more about our upcoming events and the important role of the Oregon Sports Authority in enhancing the state through sport.”

    “Summertime Sports in the South Park Blocks” will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on July 19 and 26, and on August 2, 9, 16 and 23. The event is made possible by sponsorship support from

    “We’ve worked on many projects with the Oregon Sports Authority and decided to come up with something for the sole purpose of giving people something fun to do,” said marketing manager Kelly Johnson. “Summertime Sports in the Park Blocks is the perfect event — it’s free, you can just drop in with your friends or by yourself, and later you can see pictures on”

    Additional information about “Summertime Sports in the South Park Blocks” is available at


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