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CONVERSE STRENGTHENS SUPPORT OF WOMEN'S BASKETBALL WITH BENEFIT CONCERT AND AWARDS LUNCHEON AT NCAA TOURNAMENT

 NORTH READING, Mass., March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Converse(R), the manufacturer of the first women's basketball shoe, continues its strong support of women's athletics through its association with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the sponsorship of a Title IX benefit concert to promote equal opportunity in women's basketball, plus the annual Converse Coach of the Year Awards Luncheon to recognize achievement in collegiate coaching. Both of these key events will be held during the WBCA convention prior to the NCAA Final Four tournament in Atlanta this weekend. A charter member of the WBCA convention prior to the NCAA Final Four tournament in Atlanta this weekend. A character member of the WBCA, Converse has been associated with this organization for 12 years.
 "Converse was the first athletic shoe company to support women's basketball and we're proud to be involved with the WBCA and these two very unique events," said Beth Bass, Converse National Sports Marketing Manager. "Through our work with the WBCA, we've been able to express our continued support of women's basketball."
 As part of its sponsorship and role as the official shoe of the WBCA, Converse is underwriting a private benefit concert on Wednesday, March 31 at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta featuring the Grammy Award winning Epic Records recording artists, the Indigo Girls, known for their unique contemporary folk style. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the WBCA Title IX Fund, which supports and creates equitable opportunities for participants in the sport of women's basketball.
 For the twelfth year in a row, Converse will sponsor the Converse Women's Basketball Coach of the Year Luncheon, on Friday, April 2 in the Imperial Ballroom, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, honoring the top U.S. women's college basketball coach along with outstanding coaches in nine districts. Nominations for the Converse Coach of the Year award are solicited from WBCA member coaches in each district with votes tallied from head coaches in each geographical district.


1993 Converse Coach of the Year Winners
 This year's 1993 Converse National Coach of the Year is C. Vivian Stringer of the University of Iowa. Also receiving honors this year are the Converse District Coaches of the Year, which include: Cathy Inglese, University of Vermont (District 1); Theresa Grentz, Rutgers University (District 2); Carol Alfano, Virginia Tech (District 3); C. Vivian Stringer, University of Iowa (District 4); Ceal Barry, University of Colorado (District 5); Marsha Sharp, Texas Tech University (District 6); Jeanie Wilson, Brigham Young University (District 7); Gooch Foster, University of California-Berkeley (District 8); and Pat Summit, University of Tennessee (District 9).
 The keynote speaker for the luncheon will be Washington Bullets President Susan O'Malley, the highest ranking female executive in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the first woman to be named president in the NBA organization.
 The Converse Women's Basketball Coach of the Year Luncheon, as well as the Indigo Girls Title IX benefit concert, are open to the press.
 Converse is the largest U.S. manufacturer of athletic footwear and is the official shoe of the NBA, USA Basketball, the WBCA and the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA).
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 /CONTACT: Ellen Pulda, 508-664-7522, or Jennifer Murray, 508-664-7521, both of Converse/


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