MIAMI - Dolphin Linebacker Channing Crowder tackles education efforts today, as he asks students, teachers, coaches and parents at Miami Northwestern Senior High School for their autographs as part of the Sharpie Retractable "Autographs for Education" program. In exchange for the signatures, Sharpie will start the holiday early and donate $10,000 in school supplies and funds to the high school.
"It's incredible to team up with Sharpie and be a part of the 'Autographs for Education' program here in Miami," said Crowder. "I love the feeling of winning a game, and now being able to help students, teachers and parents get needed funds and supplies is awesome. I am honored to be part of the final push for Sharpie autographs in 2005."
Crowder wraps up Sharpie's yearlong search for one million autographs on the ten-city tour. He joins an enviable list of high-profile personalities who have hosted autograph sessions at school assemblies throughout the year to make their mark on education, including pro football Hall of Famers Howie Long and Dan Dierdorf, as well as entertainment personalities like country music star Jo Dee Messina. With help from Crowder and others, Sharpie has elevated its pledge to the nation's schools throughout 2005, to $1 million in school supplies and funds, recognizing essential needs resulting from funding challenges schools face.
"This year's program was the most comprehensive community effort in the brand's more than 40-year history and we look forward to ending the 2005 'Autographs for Education' tour on a high-note in Miami," said Rory Leyden, president of Sharpie. "It's been a great year and we are happy to work with Channing to bring the message of education to Miami."
Miami Northwestern Senior High School proudly adds its autographs to the Sharpie efforts to collect one million signatures. Ora Whitehead, vice principal of Miami Northwestern Senior High School, offers thanks to both Crowder and Sharpie for the continued support of education.
"We're very excited to welcome Channing and the Sharpie program to our school," Whitehead said. "At Miami Northwestern Senior High School, we are committed to assisting our students in their academic development and it is so moving to see that Sharpie shares our mission and is working to improve our children's learning environment."
Having traveled from Las Vegas to Dallas, Chicago to Baltimore, among others, the Sharpie "Autographs for Education" tour has enlisted schools and communities across the country to leave their mark on education in 2005. The 2006 "Autographs for Education" program will kickoff this February in Detroit, just before the biggest football game of the year.
Inspired after a Sharpie marker was featured in a high-profile and somewhat controversial professional touchdown celebration in 2002, the Sharpie Retractable "Autographs for Education" program has been bringing motivation, funds and school supplies to students, teachers and schools for two years. Since its inception, Sharpie "Autographs for Education" personalities have included 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion Kurt Busch, NFL Hall of Famers Howie Long and Dan Dierdorf, Baltimore's Brian Roberts, PGA TOUR standout Chad Campbell, Philadelphia's Terrell Owens, Pittsburgh's Hines Ward, Green Bay's Donald Driver, Denver's Rod Smith, Detroit's Jason Hanson, Kansas City's Tony Gonzalez, Seattle's Grant Wistrom, and Minnesota's Brad Johnson, among others.
About Sharpie Retractable
With a retractable writing tip and no caps to lose, Sharpie markers are now easier and more convenient to use. Sharpie Retractable is available in twelve colors: black, red, blue, green, orange, berry, lime, turquoise, aqua, navy, plum and purple. The suggested retail price for 2-, 3-, 4-, 8- and 12-packs are $4.89, $7.33, $9.78, $19.56 and $29.33, respectively. Available at office supply stores and other retailers nationwide, Sharpie Retractable joins other significant writing innovations that target a wide range of enthusiasts from the hobbyist to the do-it-yourselfer.
About Sanford®, Makers of Sharpie®
Sharpie is the popular brand of permanent markers long-associated with the autograph experience for more than 40 years. Sanford, maker of Sharpie, is a division of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NYSE: NWL), a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and marketing of writing instruments, art products and office organization, including such well known brands as Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Parker®, Waterma®, EXPO®, Foohy®, uni-ball®, and Rolodex®, among others. Sanford makes more than 6,000 products, ranging from markers, pens and pencils to professional art products, fine writing instruments and office organization products. Visit sharpie.com or sanfordcorp.com for more information.