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CHICAGO'S AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE; FOOT LOCKER PRESENTS $400,000 TO FOUNDATION

 CHICAGO'S AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE;
 FOOT LOCKER PRESENTS $400,000 TO FOUNDATION
 CHICAGO, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Extra curricular activities in Chicago public schools will continue beyond Nov. 1 due to a $400,000 donation from foot Locker, the nation's largest athletic retailer.
 The Students First/Marcus Palmer Foundation received the donation at a news conference earlier today. The money will ensure that funding will be provided to the Chicago public high schools extra curricular activities including sports, art, cultural, math, music and science programs. The foundation was formed recently when a budget shortfall threatened to eliminate these activities beginning with winter sports on Nov. 1, 1992 and other activities in January 1993. The foundation was created as an INTERIM MEASURE until a permanent solution to the schools' budgeting difficulties is developed.
 According to David Goldberg, Foot Locker vice president, "Foot Locker is doing this for the kids -- this is not a political issue for us. We want them to stay in school and become more well-rounded individuals and responsible citizens for tomorrow. This is a serious issue close to home. The kids affected not only include Foot Locker's customers but many Foot Locker employees. We're thrilled we could be a part of this worthy cause."
 At the announcement, Goldberg issued a challenge to the community and corporate Chicago. "The initial goal was $1.2 million, and with $800,000 we're almost there. The foundation still needs support to continue after school programs through the spring. Starting Monday, we invite all of Chicago to join "The Foot Locker Chicago Challenge" -- for every donation pledged to the foundation through the existing 900 numbers, Foot Locker will provide a "dollars-off" coupon good at any Foot Locker." The Foot Locker Chicago Challenge will continue until the final $400,000 is raised.
 Foot Locker has 1,500 stores nationwide, with 40 in the Chicago area, and is a retail division of the Kinney Shoe Corp., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Woolworth Corp.
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 /CONTACT: Stephanie Sherman, or Antoinette Fitapelli, 212-720-4316 or 212-720-4166, for Foot Locker/ CO: Foot Locker ST: Illinois IN: REA SU:


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