DETROIT, June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The cardinal-archbishops of Los Angeles
and Detroit have put a little something on the NBA Finals between the Lakers
and the Pistons.
In a phone conversation on Friday, June 4th, Cardinal Roger Mahony
"wagered" a shipment of silk-screened t-shirts and baked goods from a unique
job training facility. With the slogan "Jobs Not Jails," Homeboys Industries
(http://www.homeboy-industries.org) is a first stop center offering a second
chance to at-risk, gang-impacted youth in Los Angeles County. If the Pistons
win the series, the products would be sent to Detroit and distributed in local
For his part, Cardinal Adam Maida put up a case of Friar Rick's home-
raised spring honey along with canned goods and jams. They come by way of
Brother Rick Samyn, OFM Capuchin, coordinator of the Earth Works Urban Farm in
the City (http://www.earth-works.org). Located in the core city, Earth Works
involves the local community and would-be farmers in growing organic produce
for their own consumption and others. If the Lakers win the series, the farm
goods would be sent to Los Angeles and distributed to low-income families.
"I am looking forward to a great series, but in the end, there will be no
stopping the Lakers," said Cardinal Mahony. "This friendly wager gives me the
opportunity to highlight a wonderful program for at-risk youths, while
cheering on a wonderful basketball team at the same time. Go Lakers!"
Likewise, Cardinal Maida is looking forward to a great series and predicts
it will go seven games. "The Pistons have a great work ethic," the cardinal
said. "And in the end, that will help them prevail." There's a chance this
could be "sweet deal" for Los Angeles, Cardinal Maida said. "But more than
likely they're going to lose their shirts. And the series!"
Contacts: In Detroit: Ned McGrath 313.237.5943 313.886.4114
In Los Angeles: Tod Tamberg 213.637.7216 213.216.8395
SOURCE Archdiocese of Detroit