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ADVISORY/ Carolina Panthers Head Coach George Seifert to Visit Lansdowne Elementary School and Present School with A $5,000 Staples Gift Certificate

--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

WHO:    George Seifert, head coach of the Carolina Panthers and
        students, parents and teachers of Lansdowne Elementary School
        in Charlotte, N.C.

WHAT:   Will participate in a student motivational assembly to
        celebrate his win of the "Staples Coach of the Week" award and
        a $5,000 gift certificate for school supplies from Staples.

WHEN:   Thursday, May 17, 2001
        10:15 a.m.

WHERE:  Lansdowne Elementary School
        6400 Prett Court
        Charlotte, NC 28270
        (704) 343-6733

WHY:    Coach George Seifert was named the "Staples Coach of the
        Week" for the Panther's victory over the St. Louis Rams on
        Sunday, November 5.

        Each week, NFL representatives honor one head coach whose team
        played an outstanding game. An independent judging
        organization randomly selects an entry sent in to Staples on
        behalf of an accredited K-12 school in that football team's
        area.

NOTE:   Coach George Seifert, Lansdowne Elementary School officials 
        and Staples representatives will be available for interviews 
        after the assembly.

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CONTACT: Staples
Vicki Hughart
(508) 253-7895