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SCHICK XTREME III-TENNIS CHALLENGE.....


Andre Agassi & Bill Gates Pick Up Rackets to Fight Breast Cancer in Schick Xtreme III Tennis Challenge
All proceeds to benefit the University of Washington Medical Center Breast Care and Cancer Research Center in Seattle

The Schick Xtreme III Tennis Challenge and the Player Party in Seattle,
Washington on Oct. 6-7 raised $1.4 million for the University of Washington
Medical Center Breast Care and Cancer Research Center. The events were
organized by Tami Agassi, who served as event honorary co-chair, and Seattle
resident Jonathan Stark. Breast cancer, the leading cause of cancer death in
women, affects one out of every eight women in the United States. Included
in those numbers are Tami and Elizabeth Agassi, Andre's sister and mother
and Stark's mother, Janet. "Last year, I unexpectedly learned how breast
cancer can affect the women we love, and the people who love them," said
Agassi. "It gives me great comfort to know our efforts will raise thousands
of dollars to further research for this widely spread disease. Playing at
this event is the highlight of my year." Team Agassi (Agassi, Microsoft
co-founder Bill Gates and Stark) defeated Team Sampras (Pete Sampras,
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, Martina Navratilova and Jim Courier) 19-17 in
games, winning three of four matches.
 


On Sunday, October 7, 2001, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Jonathan Stark and other tennis greats will face off for a good cause in the third annual Schick Xtreme III Tennis Challenge presented by Tommy Bahama. Microsoft founder Bill Gates will also show his support by playing in a celebrity pro-am set. Proceeds from the third annual charity event, which is set for KeyArena in Seattle at 5 p.m., benefit the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) Breast Care and Cancer Research Center.

This year, Andre Agassi, his sister, honorary chair Tami Agassi -- who recently won her fight with breast cancer -- and Jonathan Stark are helping to organize the Challenge to honor their mothers, Elizabeth Agassi and Janet Stark. Elizabeth and Janet have courageously battled breast cancer within the past year.

``Last year I unexpectedly learned how breast cancer can affect the women we love, and the people who love them,'' said Andre Agassi. ``It gives me great comfort to know our efforts will raise thousands of dollars to further research for this widely spread disease. I'm looking forward to October. Playing in this event will be the highlight of my year.''

Tickets to the Schick Xtreme III Tennis Challenge go on sale on August 1 at select athletic clubs and stores, at all TicketMaster ticket centers or online at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call TicketMaster at 206-628-0888. Tickets to the Challenge will range from $10-$250, and additional tennis players and special guests are to be announced. For more information, to make a donation, or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.uwbreastcare.com.

``This exciting event supports our institution's substantial efforts to understand and impact breast cancer,'' said Dr. Julie Gralow, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology specializing in breast cancer at the University of Washington. ``Proceeds from the event will be used to fund research, education and services that will allow tremendous advances in breast cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and survivorship. The result is that women everywhere will benefit from the generosity of our players, sponsors and supporters.''

The special evening of tennis will feature two teams of professional tennis players pitted against each other in a combination of singles and doubles matches. Each match will consist of a 5-game pro set with no ad scoring. Games won in each set are added up to determine the winning team. Bill Gates will play in a celebrity doubles match to open the event.

The night before the Challenge, on Saturday, October 6 at 7 p.m., an exclusive, star-studded Player Party fundraiser for special guests and the tennis players will be held at the PRO Sports Club in Bellevue. The Player Party will feature an elegant evening of dinner, dancing and the opportunity to bid on a few one-of-a kind auction items.

The UWMC Breast Care and Cancer Research Center is comprised of world-renowned physicians and researchers who integrate scientific advances in cancer biology into cutting edge clinical care in the prevention, detection, and treatment of breast cancer. For information on clinical & research programs visit www.uwbreastcare.com.

Sponsored by Schick and presented by Tommy Bahama, other sponsors of the event include KOMO-TV, KJR Sports Radio and Marco at Union Square. 


CHERRY HILL, N.J.,  -- Subaru of America, Inc. has created a one-of-a-kind, 2002 Subaru Autograph Edition Impreza WRX featuring autograph signatures from some of the world's greatest tennis athletes. The Autograph Edition WRX was inspired by longtime Subaru driver and spokesperson, Martina Navratilova, and designed by Subaru of America, Inc. The Subaru Autograph Edition WRX will be auctioned off to the highest bidder at a player's dinner in conjunction with the Schick Extreme III Tennis Challenge in Bellevue, Wash. on October 6th, 2001. All proceeds from the Autograph Edition WRX auction will benefit patient care and research at the University of Washington Medical Center Breast Care and Cancer Research Center.

In addition to a turbocharged 2.0-liter boxer engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission, Autograph Edition features a wild, tennis-themed interior and exterior graphic treatment set against eye-catching, Blaze Yellow paint. Complementing the exterior are autographs from tennis superstars of yesterday and today including: Navratilova, Andre Agassi, Venus and Serena Williams, Patrick and John McEnroe, Chris Evert, Billie Jean King, Patrick Rafter, Jonathan Stark, Jennifer Capriati, Lindsay Davenport, Jim Courier, Steffi Graf and Pete Sampras. Highlights include a customized interior, a leather MOMO shift knob and special Autograph Edition floor mats. Further enhancements include body-colored BBS® alloy wheels and full ground effects treatment including front and rear air dams and side skirts for a racy look.

With the introduction of this Autograph Edition 2002 Impreza WRX, Subaru of America, Inc. and Martina Navratilova join the fundraising efforts of tennis great Andre Agassi and doubles superstar, Jonathan Stark whose families have been waging a successful battle against breast cancer. Both Agassi's mother and sister were diagnosed with breast cancer last year and shortly after, Stark learned his mother would also battle this disease. Martina will assist these great athletes to generate awareness for cancer research by participating in a fundraising tennis exhibition at the Schick Extreme III Tennis Challenge.

Martina, who has evolved from tennis champion to champion of great causes, has worked closely with Subaru of America, Inc. in support of philanthropic causes since 1995. Subaru of America, Inc. is the Founding Sponsor of the Rainbow Endowment, a non-profit organization created by Martina Navratilova, that has already donated over $1 million to causes deemed important by the lesbian and gay community, including HIV/AIDS and breast cancer research as well as cultural and civil rights causes. Broadening their philanthropic efforts, Martina and Subaru have teamed up again to create the Autograph Edition 2002 Impreza WRX, a truly unique fundraising vehicle.

``Subaru has always been generous in their support of my philanthropic efforts,'' said Navratilova. ``The Autograph Edition is a great example of our extraordinary partnership and the strong bond I still maintain with the tennis community. The auction of this vehicle is a significant way for all of us to support the efforts of the Agassi and Stark families, while helping UWMC raise awareness and funds for their important work.''