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SPECIAL OLYMPICS ATHLETES TO SPORT PATRIOTIC OUTFITS COMPLIMENTS OF ADIDAS IN PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL PARADE

 SPARTANBURG, S.C., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- adidas, official athletic shoe and sports equipment sponsor of the Special Olympics International, will outfit the 48 Special Olympics athletes marching in Wednesday's Presidential Inaugural Parade. These Special Olympics athletes represent the more than 1 million athletes worldwide with mental retardation who participate in Special Olympics programs year- round.
 For the parade, adidas is dressing the Special Olympics team in patriotic, royal blue Burdett jackets with matching warm-up pants. The Special Olympics delegation will be joined by founder and honorary Chairman Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Chairman of the Board Sargent Shriver, Olympic medalists Carl Lewis and Billy Kidd and Chris Burke from ABC's "Life Goes On."
 Several of the 48 athletes marching in Wednesday's parade will represent the United States in the 1993 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria this March.
 adidas is an official sponsor of the Special Olympics International and has sponsored a number of recent Special Olympics events, including the official flame launch ceremony commemorating its 25th anniversary at the United Nations Plaza in New York in addition to sponsoring the 25th Anniversary Special Olympics traveling exhibit to more than 70 U.S. cities.
 adidas USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of adidas AG, one of the world's leading manufacturers of athletic footwear and apparel. adidas USA is headquartered in Spartanburg.
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 /CONTACT: Elizabeth Loer or Cheryl Cooper of Berkhemer Kline Golin/Harris, 213-623-4200, for adidas/


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