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Idaho Athlete Named Bank of America Athlete of the Day for 1999 Special Olympics World Games.

RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 3, 1999--

Bank of America, Platinum Sponsor of the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games, has named Bill Wallace of Sandpoint, Idaho as the "Bank of America Special Olympics Athlete of the Day." A $200 savings bond will be donated in his honor to his state chapter of the Special Olympics.

Wallace was chosen as the Bank of America Special Olympics Athlete of the Day based on his attitude, sportsmanship and participation in the sport of athletics. His mother passed away in March and he is dedicating his performance at the World Games to her. Wallace, 34, has been involved with Special Olympics for more than 11 years. He has been the master of ceremonies for the Winter Games and he is part of the Athlete Leadership Team, which promotes Special Olympics throughout his local community. In addition to his dedication to track and field , Wallace works full-time at a local bakery.

"In the spirit of the World Games, we created this program to recognize athletes for their character, determination and commitment," said Ed Dolby, Bank of America president of the Carolinas. "Each Bank of America Athlete of the Day represents an entire team of dedicated athletes performing at their collective best. We want to reward that effort and leadership."

Athletes of the Day are chosen from the 21 states and the District of Columbia where Bank of America does business. The Bank of America contributions to the Special Olympics include: $250,000 cash contribution to the World Summer Games; underwriter of $4 million debt guarantee and $20,000 to each Special Olympics chapter in 21 states and the District of Columbia.

Bank of America, with $614 billion in assets, is the largest bank in the U.S., with full-service consumer and commercial operations in 21 states and the District of Columbia. Bank of America provides financial products and services to 30 million households and two million businesses, as well as international corporate financial services for business transactions in 190 countries. Its stock (NYSE:BAC) is listed on the New York, Pacific, London and Tokyo stock exchanges.

For information on the Bank of America Athlete of the Day, visit the web site at www.bankamerica.com or http://www.businesswire.com/emk/bofa-olympics.shtml.
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