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Sharpie® Metallic Teams Up With Terrell Owens To Bring Nationwide "Autographs For Education" Program To San Francisco

Oct 14, 2003

SAN FRANCISCO, October 14, 2003 - Nearly a year after a famous touchdown celebration, Sharpie®, the popular brand of permanent markers, is teaming up with Terrell Owens to make a permanent mark on education. Now, the national program that combines the popular markers with NFL players, kids and a fleet of silver all-terrain vehicles is scoring a touchdown in San Francisco, as the "Sharpie Metallic AUTOgraphs for Education" program visits a middle school in the Bay Area.

Today at the San Francisco 49ers Academy, wide receiver Terrell Owens is bringing his bold personality and the "AUTOgraphs for Education" program to East Palo Alto youth. The program, which kicked off earlier this summer with Owens' help in Atlanta, enlists the support of sports figures to deliver school supplies and raise funds for schools and community education groups across the country.

During a special school assembly, Owens will arrive in a custom-designed Sharpie Metallic Silver Hummer H2 vehicle, donate school supplies and collect student's signatures on an oversized 8-by-10 foot AUTOgraph wall. Sharpie will give funds to the 49ers Academy in exchange for the autographs collected in East Palo Alto, with a cash donation of $3,000 and a matching contribution in school and art supplies. The national program will wrap up later this fall, for a total donation of $30,000 in cash and school supplies.

"I have really enjoy working with Sharpie to make a difference for kids with the Sharpie Metallic AUTOgraphs for Education program," said Owens. "I am so glad to have been able to make a difference and now bring the program full circle to impact kids in the Bay Area."

"The 49ers Academy is excited to participate in this great program. Our school experiences funding challenges and our students are thrilled to have one of their local heroes visiting their school," said 49ers Academy Principal Phil Duncan. "Sharpie is really helping to bring education to the forefront by generously giving money and school supplies, and athletes like Terrell really motivate kids and keep them excited about learning and being involved at school."

The Sharpie Metallic AUTOgraphs for Education event at 49ers Academy is the fifth local-market event this summer and fall taking place among six schools and community centers across the United States. The first event kicked off in Atlanta earlier this summer, followed by events in Chicago, St. Louis and Denver. After East Palo Alto, the final Sharpie AUTOgraph blitz will take place in Pittsburgh. In each city, local professional sports figures will seek autographs from students and their teachers, to benefit the individual schools and community education programs.

"Sharpie is especially thrilled to team up with Terrell Owens on the anniversary of his famous touchdown celebration, to support the 49ers Academy for this worthwhile education program," said Greg Stoner, vice president and general manager for Sharpie. "Teaming up with an athlete of Owens' caliber has been wonderful for us because it helps get kids excited about learning, while making an impact on local communities."

In addition to helping children's education efforts, Sharpie Metallic is also featuring the all-terrain vehicles as part of the "Sharpie H24U Hummer H2 Giveaway Sweepstakes," in which individuals can enter online or via mail to win a silver Hummer H2 of their own. Four Sharpie Metallic Silver H2s are traveling the country this past summer and fall, visiting local fairs and festivals in more than 150 cities nationwide, offering the public a chance to enter the sweepstakes and interactive displays from Sharpie. For official rules or to enter the sweepstakes, visit http://www.sanfordcorp.com/sanford/consumer/h2promo/jhtml/entry_options.jhtml.

Sharpie Metallic is the latest breakthrough product and first metallic marker from Sharpie, the nearly 40-year-old permanent marker brand. Perfect for marking on dark surfaces, Sharpie Metallic offers a silver metallic ink and the permanence and dependability of the world's most popular family of permanent markers.

About The San Francisco 49ers Academy

The 49ers Academy is a unique partnership - a public alternative school, supported by a private non-profit agency. Ravenswood Communities in Schools (CIS) was incorporated in 1996 and is designed to support the San Francisco 49ers Academy. As a separately incorporated affiliate of the National Communities In Schools, Inc., Ravenswood CIS utilizes a collaborative approach to deliver a variety of services to the 49ers Academy, students and families.

For more information contact Susan Wassel at 630-481-2018, or email media.relations@sanfordcorp.com