And 1 Tour Dates

Basketball footwear

and apparel company AND 1

has announced the cities included in this year's expanded

Mix Tape(TM) Tour. The day-long events in New York, Chicago,

Philadelphia and Los Angeles offer a mix of on-court and

community entertainment, all celebrating the skills, passion

and enthusiasm for summertime ball.

AND 1's Skip

to my Lou (Rafer Alston of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks), Main

Event, Aircraft, Headache, 1/2 Man-1/2 Amazing, Shane the

Dribbling Machine, A-O and Hot Sauce will ball with the

best local players across the country at daylong basketball

and community events in four U.S. cities: New York, Chicago,

Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Between the events, the players

will travel in a custom wrapped tour bus, barnstorming courts,

radio stations and Footaction stores nationwide, giving

away Mix Tapes(TM) posters and t-shirts.

Each event begins

with a basketball clinic for local youth who will pair up

with AND 1's players for drills, skills and games. The youth

organization will receive a $25,000 donation from AND 1

following the clinic.

At 3:00 pm the

pre-game block party kicks off with open runs, where local

ball players can show their skills for the opportunity to

be filmed for the next Mix Tape(TM). Graffiti artists HVYW8

will entertain with a live performance, AND 1 will test

new products and local food vendors will offer flavor of

a different kind.

Rawkus Records

will provide musical entertainment throughout the day and

during the main attraction, the Mix Tape(TM) Tour game.

Hosted by BET's Joe Clair from MADD Sports, the game will

tip off at 5:30 pm and feature the AND 1 players teaming

up with local and national street ballers to bring to life

the skills and thrills of the Mix Tapes.

Halftime entertainment

will be sponsored by a local hip-hop radio station, and

will include the Rawkus' Lyricist Lounge Freestyle Battle

and a $10,000 shot contest. Each event will be capped off

by a performance from a Rawkus artist, to be performed either

on the court or at a local nightclub.

Other tour locations


Chicago, Saturday,

July 7th

Philadelphia, Saturday, August 4th

Los Angeles, Saturday, August 18th

``AND 1's Mix

Tape(TM) Tour celebrates the skill, passion and flavor of

summertime ball,'' explains AND 1's director of marketing

Mark Woolsey. ``The playground legends like Skip, 1/2 Man-1/2

Amazing, Aircraft and Hot Sauce have the moves and attitude

that made New York's summertime ball famous nationwide.

The Mix Tape(TM) Tour and Tour Bus takes those players,

music, excitement and attitude and delivers them to cities

across the country like no other basketball company can.''

In the last

24 months, the basketball world has been taken by storm

by the AND 1 Mix Tape(TM), a combination of unbelievable

basketball footage and emerging hip-hop music. Now, AND

1 is celebrating the energy, excitement and rhythm of summertime

ball with the AND 1 Mix Tape(TM) Tour and the live version

of the AND 1 Mix Tape(TM). Check for details of

the tour stops, game highlights and video clips.