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Slammin 'n' Jammin Block Party seeks to inspire sports love

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The Slammin 'n' Jammin Block Party -- designed to inspire kids "? will section off Reno Avenue next to the Ford Center to make way for basketball goals and tennis courts during the Red Earth Festival.

The program is part of this year's Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival, and will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Former tennis pro Tara Snyder and basketball hall of famer Lynette Woodard will be in attendance, along with University of Oklahoma basketball players Jenna Plumley, Courtney Paris and Ashley Paris.

Woodard, who made her name as the first female Harlem Globetrotter and a 1984 Olympic gold medalist, said that programs like these are crucial to cut through all the other distractions in kids' lives and introduce them to athletics.  

Although the lessons won't be as intense as a tennis clinic or a varsity basketball program, they are designed as a celebration of sports in general, accessible to the everyday kid.

Whether basketball, tennis or any other sport, Woodard said they just want to inspire kids to stay active.

"You're not playing a game when you're just moving your thumbs. It's more fun when you run and jump," she said. "That might be old-school these days, but it was a good school." "Charles Martin

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