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AFLAC HIGH SCHOOL ALL AMERICAN GAME ON FOX SPORTS NET
Friday, August 01, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AFLAC AND SPORTS AMERICA, INC., ANNOUNCE THE INAUGURAL
AFLAC ALL-AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL CLASSIC
ROCKVILLE, Md. – Sports America, Inc. of Rockville, Maryland, has announced its inaugural AFLAC All-American High School Baseball Classic to be held on August 23, 2003, at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida, the spring training home of the Minnesota Twins and permanent stadium for the Fort Myers Miracle. The event is endorsed by many of the game’s pillars, including Major League Baseball, Baseball America, and Perfect Game.
“Major League Baseball is happy to support this effort by Baseball America and Sports America to promote high school baseball,” said Sandy Alderson, executive vice president of Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball. “We look forward to helping grow this game into the pre-eminent event of its type.”
“We have been successful for the last 30 years featuring the top high school basketball players,” said Sports America, Inc., President and CEO Robert J. Geoghan, “Since baseball has been such a popular sport on so many levels, from Little League through the Major League Baseball World Series, we decided to find the right partners to make this an extraordinary event.”
“AFLAC has a long-standing relationship with baseball, and we are delighted to be involved with an event that will showcase America’s most talented young high school players,” said Kathelen Spencer, executive vice president of AFLAC. “Our company’s philanthropic focus is pediatric cancer treatment and research. We are thrilled to be able to bring together two things we are passionate about in this way.”
The AFLAC All-American Team will feature the top rising high school senior baseball players in the country, as determined by official selection partners, Baseball America and Perfect Game.
“Baseball America is proud to be a partner in producing this important event," said Baseball America President and CEO Catherine Silver. “Putting a spotlight on great high school talent is central to our mission as the voice of amateur baseball and the source of information on prospects that you can’t find anywhere else.”
“The AFLAC All-American Classic is a great, exciting promotion for the game of baseball,” said Perfect Game USA President Jerry Ford. “Baseball fans will have the opportunity to see many of nation’s most talented high school players and future stars.”
Net proceeds from the event will benefit Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida as part of AFLAC’s ongoing commitment to support research and treatment of pediatric cancer. The AFLAC All-American High School Baseball Classic is hosted locally by Miracle Professional Baseball and the Lee County Sports Authority.
AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) is an international holding company. A Fortune 500 company, AFLAC insures more than 40 million people worldwide. It is a leading writer of insurance products marketed at the worksite in the United States, offering policies to employees at more than 271,200 payroll accounts. The company insures one out of four Japanese households and is the largest life insurer in Japan in terms of individual policies in force. In January 2003, AFLAC was the number one insurance company in Fortune magazine's list of "The 100 Best Companies to Work For in America" and was included in the overall listing for the fifth consecutive year. In March 2003, Fortune also included AFLAC in its annual listing of "America's Most Admired Companies." And in July 2003, Fortune named AFLAC to its list of "America's 50 Best Companies for Minorities." AFLAC's Internet address is www.aflac.com.
Sports America, Inc., is an event management and sports marketing corporation. The company created and currently produces the McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Game as well as the Jordan Capital Classic High School All-Star Basketball Game and has done so for the past 30 years in Washington, D.C.
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