EVENTS & PROMOTIONS;SPONSORQUEST;ESPN TAKES ATHLETES ON 1ST EXTREME TOUR

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ESPN's Tour X is taking on sponsors for its first extreme games tour, with top athletes in inline skating, bicycle stunt riding, skateboarding and sky surfing competing in six major cities through September. Included: in-event presence and on-site product marketing, with more than 66 hours of cable TV coverage on ESPN. Cost: $50,000 to $1 million. CE Sports, Van Nuys, Calif., coordinates. Contact: (818) 782-8920, ext. 126.

USA Academic is lining up sponsors for its first annual summer European basketball tour, taking 40 academically distinguished high school student athletes to Monte Carlo for a tournament July 2 to 4. Included: on-site, online and in-event presence with U.S. and European cable TV coverage. Cost: $25,000 to $175,000. Pro Am International, Ridgefield, Conn., coordinates. Contact: (203) 438-7722.

Belle Magazine's Beauty in Abundance beauty pageant for full-figured African-American women seeks co-sponsors for its inaugural series of events starting in April. Pageants in six major cities culminate in a final competition set for Atlantic City, N.J., in November. Included: in-program and in-event presence. Cost: $1,500 to $6,500 per city. Contact: (212) 819-1714.

Chicago White Sox Training Centers seeks sponsors for its third annual summer baseball and softball training camp program. The camps are held in the Chicago area and are geared to 7-to-14-year-olds. Expected to involve more than 3,000 participants, the program includes integrated marketing, direct mail and on-site presence with product promotion. On board: SportsChannel, Nationwide Insurance, Ford Motor Co., Reebok International and the Sports Authority. Cost: $35,000. Contact: (708) 752-9225.

Family Circle Magazine Cup, Hilton Head Island, S.C., is lining up co-sponsorships for its 24th annual Women's Tennis Association professional tournament. The competition, slated for March 30 to April 7, is expected to draw 65,000. Included: on-site presence, product marketing and corporate hospitality at costs ranging from $7,500 to $250,000. Chrysler/Plymouth is the presenting sponsor. Contact: (803) 363-3500.

Kate Fitzgerald coordinates Events & Promotions. Reach us by fax at (312) 649-5331 or e-mail address K8FITZ@aol.com.

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