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Arizona Youth Urges Thousands to Join Him for World AIDS Day Activities In December
Date:11/23/2009

HOOPS OF HOPE KIDS TO SHOOT 15 MILLION FREE THROWS IN 2010 WORLD'S LARGEST FREE THROW FESTIVAL

HOOPS OF HOPE FOUNDER PLANS 12-CITY U.S. TOUR & TRIP TO AFRICA NEXT YEAR

WORLD VISION SUPPORTS YOUNG AUTHOR'S NEW BOOK "TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT"

SEATTLE, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Next week, in an effort to fight the global spread of HIV/AIDS, thousands nationwide will take part in Hoops of Hope, the world's largest free throw shooting marathon. At the heart of the movement is 15-year-old Austin Gutwein from Mesa, Arizona. The event is part of World AIDS Day activities on Saturday, December 5th at many locations across America. Austin will be at a Hoops of Hope event in Hartford, Connecticut the first week of December. That week, thousands of kids and adults nationwide will shoot free throws in an effort to raise money and AIDS awareness. World AIDS Day is Tuesday, December 1st.

In the past year, Austin has traveled to four continents, met thousands of supporters and has helped raise more than $1.6 million to fight the global spread of HIV/AIDS with World Vision, an international relief and development organization. Now Gutwein is urging all Americans to get involved. In his inspirational new book, "Take Your Best Shot" (Thomas Nelson Publisher) Gutwein shares the remarkable story of how one kid really can make a difference. Gutwein, a tireless crusader for 15 million AIDS orphans worldwide (More than 12 million in Africa) has already traveled to Zambia, Rwanda and Uganda, witnessing the dedication of schools and medical clinics his Arizona-based non-profit, Hoops of Hope helped build. In 2010, he plans to return to Zambia where his work has had the most impact.

Next year, Austin will be part of a nationwide campaign challenging Americans to shoot 15 million free throws, representing one for every child left orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
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