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 FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Responding to the needs of Fountain Valley High School, whose athletic programs and community events were jeopardized by a blatant act of vandalism, ASICS TIGER Corp. has stepped forward as Orange County's first business to help rebuild the school's damaged gymnasium.
 Recently, vandals entered Fountain Valley High School's gymnasium and caused more than $200,000 in damage by turning on a fire hose and soaking the hardwood floor, warping it beyond repair. In addition, vandals threw seats and bleachers into the school's swimming pool.
 As part of its contribution toward the renovation of Fountain Valley High School's gymnasium floor, ASICS has offered $2,500 to help cover the $25,000 insurance deductible, which the school district has to allocate from its emergency reserves. In addition, the Fountain Valley- based sporting goods manufacturer is closely working with school and district officials on innovative ways of raising funds to cover the remaining costs. Among the fund-raising options being considered are an ASICS athlete photograph day and/or autograph party, an ASICS athlete clinic, a basketball athlete challenge, a silent auction and corporate challenges to name a few.
 "It is our hope that ASICS' donation will be the catalyst that will inspire other Fountain Valley companies to support our community in this effort," says Peter Goehrig, ASICS vice president and general manager.
 Among the sports immediately affected by the vandalism are girls volleyball and basketball. School officials do not expect the gymnasium to be fully repaired until early 1994. As a result, the school is looking to reschedule events at other campus gyms and locate vans to transport students to and from practice sessions and games.
 Anyone interested in joining ASICS in this worthwhile cause by making cash contributions, or, offering other resources is encouraged to contact the Huntington Beach Union High School District at 714-964-3339.
 ASICS TIGER Corp., with more than 40 years of sporting goods manufacturing experience, offers a full line of performance-driven athletic footwear, sports apparel, accessories and sunglasses. ASICS' shoe line includes high-quality, technologically advanced footwear for running, cross training, racing, track and field, basketball, wrestling, volleyball, baseball/softball, walking, run/walk, gymnastics, youth, pre-school and infant. ASICS also offers a progressive, high- performance ski apparel line featuring advanced fabrics and styling. ASICS products are available at many specialty retailers and chain stores throughout the United States.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Larsen, Public Relations of ASICS TIGER, 714-962-7654, ext. 632/

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