APA Organizes relief effort to aid Katrina victims

LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (September 8, 2005) — The world's largest pool league is reaching out to its more than 250,000 members to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The APA will be collecting donations from members nationwide through October 21, and will then present those donations to the American Red Cross.

“Thousands of our members in the Gulf Coast region were affected by Hurricane Katrina, some devastated. We felt we had to do what we could to help,” said Jason Bowman, APA Public Relations Manager. “We raised more than $30,000 in 2001 following 9/11, so we know our members will respond in full force to help their fellow poolplayers.”

Players wishing to donate need to write “Red Cross Donation” and the amount they wish to donate on the line titled “Other” in the lower left hand corner of the APA scoresheet (in the box labeled Fees Section Completed By Team Captain). Donations will be accepted in the form of cash or check—please make checks payable to American Red Cross. For tax records, include a note in the memo area designating “Donation to the American Red Cross.”

The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world's largest amateur pool league, known as the APA Pool League throughout the United States, and as the CPA Pool League in Canada. More than 250,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9­Ball league play. The APA is generally recognized as the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, having established the official rules, championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards.

The APA produces three major tournament events each year—the APA National Team Championships, the APA National Singles Championships and the U.S. Amateur Championship—that, together, pay out more than $1 Million in cash and prizes annually!

The National Team Championships are sponsored by Michelob AmberBock, the official beer of the APA, Cuetec Cues, Aramith Billiard Balls, Valley Teflon Ultra Cloth by Championship and Valley Tables.

For more information about the APA, visit the official web site at poolplayers.com. or call 1-800-3-RACK-EM.