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Actor, Boxer Talk to Las Vegas Kids

October 5, 1998

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Arnold Schwarzenegger and boxer Oscar De La Hoya teamed up to offer advice and hope to children.

``The most important thing in life is the choices we make,″ Schwarzenegger said Saturday at the closing ceremonies of the third annual Las Vegas Inner-City Games. ``Those who make bad choices will be losers. Those who make good choices will be winners.″

More than 10,000 Las Vegas children ages 7 to 17 participated in the games, which were started in Los Angeles by Schwarzenegger and offer young people an alternative to drugs and violence. The games are conducted in more than a dozen cities nationwide.

De La Hoya said he started boxing at age 5 and always dreamed of winning an Olympic gold medal _ a goal he realized in 1992. He said dedication and discipline were crucial in reaching any goal.

``Whatever you choose to do, go out there and give it your all,″ the World Boxing Council welterweight champion said.

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