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ADVISORY/ Detroit Lions Head Coach Bobby Ross to Visit Grosse Pointe South High School and Present School with a $5,000 Staples Gift Certificate
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WHO:   Bobby Ross, head coach of the Detroit Lions and students,
       parents and teachers of Grosse Pointe South High School of
       Grosse Pointe Farms, MI.

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

WHEN:  Thursday, March 9, 2000.
       2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Grosse Pointe South High School
       622 North Main Street
       Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
       313-343-2368

WHY:   Coach Bobby Ross was named the "Staples Coach of the Week" for
       the game played against the Washington Redskins.

       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 Bobby Ross, Grosse Pointe South High School officials and
       Staples representatives will be available for interviews after
       the assembly.

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     CONTACT: Vicki Hughart, Staples
              (508) 253-7895