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Quick news today out of Houston: Yao Ming's newly-established foundation on behalf of the victims of the Sichuan earthquake is holding a fundraising raffle. The prize is a biggie: an all-expenses paid trip to the Beijing Olympics for two people, including tickets to the U.S.-China basketball match, a tour of the Great Wall of China, a meet and greet with Yao in Houston after a Rockets game next season, and all kinds of other goodies - including a cash prize to offset the winner's tax liability. I'd enter it myself if I wasn't already going to be there (but then I have to work). The lucky winners of this contest get to enjoy seeing Yao play in China, one of the great moments in international basketball, and to see the Olympics and China up close. Good deal. Kudos once again go out to Yao for his foundation's commitment to helping the victims of the earthquake and involving all of his international fans in the relief efforts. Tix are $2 per, with a five-ticket minimum. Prices go down as you buy more. Buy 100 or more and the price goes down to 75 cents a pop.

Yao Ming Foundation website (with link to the raffle) 

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