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June 18, 1992 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was 1967. The Watts riots were two years passed but still fresh in everyone's memories. You can rebuild a store, but the images of burning and looting and killing last long after commerce's grand reopening. That was on a lot of minds as Bill Sims sat around a table brainstorming with other members of the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce. "He said he had an idea," Wesley Greenwood, a chamber member, said.
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July 14, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Los Angeles Fremont won its division of the Huntington Park tournament on Sunday with a 56-46 victory over Dorsey. Akeem Allen scored 19 points and Frank Betton had 12 points. Fremont earlier won the silver division at the Watts Summer Games.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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June 21, 1993 | BRIAN JARAMILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Klevit seemed truly torn: Should he spend Father's Day with his father, or with his baby? The "baby" in this case, the boys basketball tournament at the 26th annual L.A. Watts Summer Games, is one that Klevit helped develop and has nurtured for seven years. The father in this case, Alan, was celebrating Father's Day and his 57th birthday. Understandably, Klevit left Compton College early so he could attend his father's party.
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April 12, 2010 | From staff and wire reports
Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy has a torn meniscus in his right knee and his status for the playoffs is uncertain. The three-time All-Star will miss Monday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Wednesday's regular season finale against Golden State on Wednesday night. He will require surgery and will be out from four to six weeks. But he said he may try to play with the injury in the playoffs because doctors told him it cannot get worse. "I want to play," Roy said.
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June 24, 1991 | LARRY HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Defending City 4-A boys' champion Westchester was seeded No. 1 in the basketball competition at the 24th L.A. Watts Summer Games Sunday at El Camino College. The Comets are showing that the seeding was apt. Westchester had little trouble advancing to the fourth round with a victory over Western, 61-23. In two games--the Comets received a first-round bye--Westchester has outscored its opponents, 136-59.
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June 12, 1994 | WILL ETHERIDGE
The 27th annual All Sport L.A. Watts Summer Games, the largest high school athletic competition in the nation, begins with preliminary competition Saturday at 24 sites throughout the Los Angeles Basin. Finals begin June 25. Admission is free. The Central City area will be well-represented by Crenshaw's two-time City Section 4-A girls' basketball champions, City wrestling champion Bell and Southern Section IV-A Division boys' basketball champion Verbum Dei.
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June 15, 1993 | BRIAN JARAMILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Watts, Downey Selaco High basketball coach, paced nervously. He yelled. He pleaded. And with a pained look, he glanced at the scoreboard. Such are the actions of a coach whose team is trailing by 50 points, whose players are undersized and overmatched. Thing was, most of Watts' team couldn't hear his booming voice anyway . . . so he yelled and used sign language.
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June 19, 1993 | JASON H. REID
Not one to dwell on the past, Chatsworth High baseball Coach Tom Meusborn kept his charges moving. And with little rest at that. However, nothing less would have been expected. Meusborn and the Chancellors were up and going again nine days after an emotional defeat in the City Section 4-A Division championship game to El Camino Real, 7-6, June 3 at Dodger Stadium. Losing to their West Valley League rival was especially galling because the Chancellors held a 5-0 lead in the first inning.
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July 14, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Los Angeles Fremont won its division of the Huntington Park tournament on Sunday with a 56-46 victory over Dorsey. Akeem Allen scored 19 points and Frank Betton had 12 points. Fremont earlier won the silver division at the Watts Summer Games.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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June 22, 1985
More than 9,000 high school athletes from the Los Angeles area will begin competition this morning in 12 sports as the L.A. Games get underway at 16 area locations. Formerly the Watts Summer Games, the events are scheduled in tournament form. They include basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, softball, tennis, water polo, swimming, gymnastics, wrestling and track and field. This year, baseball has been added to the competition and that portion of the games begins at 8:30 a.m.
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June 23, 2003 | Kathleen Flynn, Times Staff Writer
A tradition that began as a way to mend community relations after the 1965 Watts Riots brought out more than 7,000 teenage athletes from throughout the county over the weekend to the Watts Summer Games, an event that fosters both competition and sportsmanship. Under gray and drizzling skies on the Southwest College campus, members of the Arcadia High School men's water polo team tested their throwing speed with students from Oxnard.
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June 2, 2001
WHAT The nation's largest high school competition with more than 7,000 participants from more than 200 schools is in its 34th year. WHY Started after the 1965 Watts riots to promote positive interaction, respect and achievement through competition in athletics, arts and academics. WHEN Today, Sunday and June 9-10. WHERE Competition will be held at high schools and colleges around Los Angeles. FAST FACT The Watts Games are run by the L.A.
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June 21, 1997 | PAIGE A. LEECH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fewer than 48 hours before the start of the 30th annual L.A. Watts Summer Games--the nation's largest high school athletic competition--Kevin Boucher of Sherman Oaks gears up for another "respond-and-react" day of preparation. Boucher (pronounced Boo-shay), director of projects for the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce which puts on the event, skips breakfast and starts his day with a cup of coffee. "I'm not an eater," he says. "Especially with all this going on."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 1996
Grammy-nominated artist Skee-Lo, the Lula Washington Dance Center and rapper Domino are among the performers scheduled to entertain during the final weekend of the All Sport L.A. Watts Summer Games. Entertainment will be held today and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Admission is free. Information: (888) 52-LAWSG.
NEWS
July 3, 1994
Oscar Bergen and Juan Delgado each scored two goals to lead Wilmington Banning to a 4-1 victory over Lincoln in the fourth round of soccer play Sunday. Lincoln went the farthest among City teams in the single-elimination tournament. Banning was unbeaten in taking the title. Bergen scored the first two goals and Delgado scored the last two. Lincoln's Melvin Hernandez scored on a breakaway to tie the score at 1-1 before the Pilots exploded for three goals late in the second half.
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June 29, 1994 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steve McKeon admits he was a bit nervous a couple of weeks ago before making his debut as Hart High's quarterback at the Watts Summer Games. And although he never doubted his ability to lead the team's offense, he discovered the competition was solid at the Games. "Some of those teams are pretty tough and I came to realize real quick that they're good," he said. "They are a lot quicker and better than the teams I faced on the freshman and sophomore teams."
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June 13, 1993 | CHARLES SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What began as a promising idea has become a summer sports institution in Los Angeles. In 1967, Bill Sims suggested to his fellow board members at the Los Angles Junior Chamber of Commerce that they create an Olympics-type program for city youths. His proposal was aimed at using the spirit of athletic competition to bridge the gap between Southern California's diverse populations. One year later, Sims' dream came to fruition and the L.A. Watts Summer Games were born.
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May 30, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Simi Valley and Royal high schools will not participate in next month's Los Angeles Watts Summer Games, citing safety concerns in the wake of rioting that followed the verdicts in the Rodney G. King beating trial. Administrators from both schools said that participating in the games, scheduled to begin June 21, would place the schools' athletes, coaches and parents at risk.
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