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Philadelphia Parks Score with Staples and the Philadelphia Eagles

Dream Park Challenge Gives 15 Philadelphia-area Parks the Chance to Win $25,000 for Improvements

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 23, 2008--Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) today announced it has teamed up with the Philadelphia Eagles to launch Staples Dream Park Challenge, a park improvement initiative involving 15 parks in the greater Philadelphia area. From now through Nov. 17, residents can visit to vote for their local park to win the grand prize of $25,000 for improvements and a winner's celebration featuring Eagles star Brian Dawkins at Lincoln Financial Field.

Residents can vote once per day for their local park online, and also pick up a free "power card" at any Philadelphia-area Staples store to have their online vote count 10 extra times. Voters will automatically be entered to win a chance to meet Dawkins in person at the Staples Dream Park Challenge winner's celebration later this year. Additional prizes include $10,000 and $5,000 in park improvements for the first- and second-place runner-ups, respectively. The remaining 12 parks will receive $500 each for their participation.

"Public parks are the natural gathering places for our youth, where they develop the leadership, teamwork skills and confidence to guide them through life," said Dawkins. "By giving public parks the opportunity to raise money for improvements, Staples and the Eagles are helping to ensure Philadelphia-area parks remain fun, safe places for children to learn and communities to grow."

The participating parks were selected based on their overall need, input from city and county park employees and proximity to Staples operating areas. Parks include:

     Cecil B. Moore Recreation                 Starr Garden Park
       Center (Philadelphia)                    (Philadelphia)
        Capitolo Playground              Cohocksink Recreation Center
          (Philadelphia)                        (Philadelphia)
    Lawncrest Recreation Center            Vare Recreation Center,
          (Philadelphia)                   formally Morris Playground
  Lonnie Young Recreation Center          Simons Youth Access & Teen
          (Philadelphia)                             Center
  Hunting Park Recreation Center              Caln Municipal Park
          (Philadelphia)                          (Caln, PA)
          Mill Road Park                     Evergreen Manor Park
           (Berwyn, PA)                       (Willow Grove, PA)
           Simmons Park                         Kosciuszko Park
         (Norristown, PA)                      (Wilmington, DE)
        Monroe Street Park
         (Mount Holly, NJ)

"Staples is committed to giving back to the communities we serve," said Mike Naab, regional vice president, Staples, Inc. "We're excited to work with the Eagles on this great community program that will award a total of $46,000 to local parks and make a positive difference in the lives of Philadelphia residents."

The winning park will be announced in November. More details about the park celebration ceremony hosted by the Philadelphia Eagles and Staples will be provided at a later date. Log on to for full details or for store locations.

About Staples

Staples, the world's largest office products company, is committed to making it easy for customers to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With $27 billion in sales, Staples serves businesses of all sizes and consumers in 27 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. In July 2008, Staples acquired Corporate Express, one of the world's leading suppliers of office products to businesses and institutions. Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at


CONTACT: Philadelphia Eagles
Megan O'Brien, 215-320-5182
Staples, Inc.
Mike Black, 508-253-0654

SOURCE: Staples, Inc.