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U.S. Olympic Team Hopeful in Boston Surprised With New Vehicle to Help Support Olympic Dream.

40 Hopefuls Across the Nation Receive Chevrolet Vehicles

BROOKLINE, Mass., July 10 /PRNewswire/ --

Daniel Weinstein, Brookline native and U.S. Olympic Team hopeful in speedskating, was surprised today by Clay Chevrolet with a new Malibu as part of a unique vehicle donation program that supports aspiring athletes by providing them with vehicles to help them achieve their Olympic dreams.

Weinstein is one of 40 hopefuls across the country receiving vehicles from Chevrolet "The Team Behind The Team," a program designed to help relieve some of the burdens that Olympic training can put on an athlete and his or her family.

Selected athletes are being put behind the wheel of one of four new Chevrolet vehicles they can depend on to meet their daily transportation needs: a Tahoe, Silverado, Venture or Malibu. Vehicle assignments are based on athlete training and transportation needs.

"Chevrolet and its 4,300 dealerships, including Clay Chevrolet, are proud to support aspiring U.S. Olympic athletes," said David Clay of Clay Chevrolet. "'The Team Behind The Team' helps ease the burden many athletes and their families face in pursuit of their Olympic dreams, namely by providing athletes with the reliable and high quality transportation they need to compete and train."

Having a vehicle is essential in helping Weinstein improve his chances of achieving his Olympic dream. Weinstein, a 20-year-old speedskater, has borrowed cars and time from his parents to get to and from his daily training. Having a brother with a mental disability, Weinstein is now able to eliminate one more source of his parents' concern with his own vehicle. "Being selected to receive a Chevy Malibu through this program makes me feel like someone really believes in me, and will give my family a great deal of relief," said Weinstein.

An Advisory Panel comprised of some of America's greatest U.S. Olympians selected the Chevrolet "The Team Behind The Team" athletes for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Representing this year's Advisory Panel are the following Olympic gold medalists: Speed skaters Bonnie Blair and Dan Jansen; figure skaters Peggy Fleming and Kristi Yamaguchi; skier Phil Mahre and track and field athlete Evelyn Ashford.

U.S. Olympic Team hopefuls who were considered for one of the 40 Chevrolet vehicles submitted a detailed application consisting of financial information, competitive history and placements, and a short essay describing why they should be selected. Selection was based on financial need, training and competition requirements and qualification as a U.S. Olympic Team hopeful. Rankings were then tabulated to determine the recipients of the vehicles.

JK Group, Inc., an independent company that manages corporate philanthropic programs, was enlisted by Chevrolet to administer "The Team Behind The Team" selection process. Spearheading the development of the overall process, JK Group worked with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and National Governing Bodies of Sport to identify prospective U.S. Olympic Team hopefuls that would be eligible for the program.

Chevrolet, which is General Motors' lead division for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games, has a long history of supporting the spirit of the Olympic Games through partnerships with many National Governing Bodies of Sport, including the U.S. Ski and Snowboarding Association, U.S. Figure Skating Association and USA Hockey. These partnerships, along with "The Team Behind The Team" program and Chevrolet's role as a presenting sponsor of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torch Relay, elevate Chevrolet's commitment to providing transportation solutions for the Olympic Games.

"The Team Behind The Team" program was first established by General Motors in 1999 when it donated vehicles to 100 U.S. Olympic hopefuls who aspired to make the team for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

Chevrolet is the largest division of General Motors, which is the official domestic automotive sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team through 2004. Headquartered in Detroit, Chevrolet fulfills the transportation needs of more than 36 million Americans daily -- more than any other manufacturer -- and offers the broadest lineup of cars, trucks and vans in the industry.
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