Statement Regarding Radio Comments About Street Corner Foundation Request to Use GW Venue for Celebrity Charity Basketball Game

Please attribute to Tracy Schario, director of media relations

February 29, 2008

The George Washington University is surprised and disappointed to learn that its efforts to schedule a celebrity charity basketball game, an event the university has been pleased to host in the past, have been erroneously portrayed.

In fact, the university committed the requested venue to the sponsors for one of their preferred alternate dates this summer, which the sponsors then rejected.

The Street Corner Foundation initially asked to use GW as the site for a charity basketball game during Big Tigger's 7th Annual Celebrity Classic in Washington, D.C. The original dates requested, June 7 or June 14, were unavailable due to contracted floor maintenance taking place June 2 - 14, 2008.

The university and the celebrity basketball game organizers then evaluated alternative dates, and the university committed in writing to one of the alternate dates provided by the sponsors. However, the foundation then declined that alternate date.

The university considers it unfair, unwarranted, and wrong to be accused of declining the original request for any reason other than scheduling conflicts.

The university's commitment to the District of Columbia and the health and well-being of its residents is long-standing and well documented. We cannot stand by and allow capricious and untruthful allegations to be leveled against the institution or its employees. The facts show the institution conducted its business properly and in support of this worthy cause.

We remain ready to host this event at a mutually agreeable date.

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