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DOWNTOWN ATHLETIC CLUB ANNOUNCES WENDY'S HIGH SCHOOL HEISMAN AWARD; PROGRAM TO HONOR SCHOLAR-ATHLETE-CITIZENS NATIONWIDE

 NEW YORK, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Downtown Athletic Club (DAC) will announce Saturday, Dec. 11, the formation of the Wendy's High School Heisman Award. Expanding on the tradition established by the Heisman Memorial Trophy, the award will recognize outstanding high school athletes, male and female, among all sports, who exhibit exceptional performances on the field, in the classroom and within the community.
 An announcement will be made during NBC-TV's live telecast of the Heisman Memorial Trophy Award presentation at 3:30 p.m. (EST) on Saturday.
 "The impact of this award will extend beyond the high schools and will influence generations to come," said Rudy Riska, general manager of the DAC. "The Downtown Athletic Club wants to emphasize the importance of education and the value of sports and community service as a positive influence on today's children. The Wendy's High School Heisman Award will serve as a prestigious milestone to be strived for by America's youth."
 Each high school principal will nominate one male and one female finalist from six regions (see following list). The Wendy's High School Heisman Award for the national male winner and national female winner will be announced during the 1994 Heisman Week activities at the DAC.
 The committee will be comprised of former Heisman Trophy recipients, media, educators and high school sports administrators from across the country. The DAC will administer the voting process and two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin will serve as chairman of the program.
 The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has endorsed the Wendy's High School Heisman and will assist in promoting the program to the nation's 22,000 high schools. The NASSP's support also will facilitate access to principals across the country for the nomination process.
 "Wendy's is proud to support the effort by the Downtown Athletic Club to establish a national high school award honoring scholastic achievement, athletic excellence and good citizenship," said Wendy's founder Dave Thomas, who will make Saturday's announcements. "Wendy's commitment to education and the communities we serve has never been stronger. We see the Wendy's High School Heisman Award as a perfect opportunity to combine the two while providing every high school scholar- athlete-citizen -- male and female -- with an equal opportunity for recognition."
 Regional nominees will be announced next November and the national finalists will be selected in early December. These honorees will be invited to attend Heisman Week activities at the Downtown Athletic Club next December and will be recognized on the network television Heisman Trophy Presentation Show.
 The high schools for the national winners will be presented with a trophy recognizing the student's accomplishments and a $5,000 grant. The schools of the regional winners will receive $3,000 grants, and the schools of the runners-up in each region will receive a $1,000 grant to benefit their academic or athletic programs. A total of $64,000 in grants will be awarded.
 Wendy's Old-Fashioned Hamburgers Restaurants were founded in 1969 by R. David Thomas, who named the chain after one of his daughters. Wendy's has more then 4,200 restaurants worldwide with annual sales of nearly $4 billion.
 WENDY'S HIGH SCHOOL HEISMAN REGIONS
 Far West: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.
 Southwest: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas.
 Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin.
 Northeast: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont.
 Mid-Atlantic: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia.
 South: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee.
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 /CONTACT: Andy O'Brien of Golden Bear, 407-626-3900, or, after hours, 407-743-0304; or Denny Lynch of Wendy's Old-Fashioned Hamburgers Restaurants, 614-764-3413, or, after hours, 614-764-2535/


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