'08 WNBA First Overall Pick Candace Parker Teams Up With adidas

    PORTLAND, Ore., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Candace Parker and adidas
 announced today that they have entered into a multi-year partnership
 agreement. After three seasons at the University of Tennessee and two
 National Championships, Candace established herself in basketball history
 as one of the game's most prolific all-around great players. Candace's hard
 work and dedication to team basketball propelled her into being the first
 overall selection in this year's very talented WNBA Draft. This drive also
 will make her an important part of the 2008 Women's USA Basketball team
 heading to Beijing in August.
 
     In three years at the University of Tennessee, Candace showed she had
 the skills to be a well rounded player and teammate. This season she led
 the Lady Vols in scoring (21.3 ppg), rebounding (8.5 rpg) and blocked shots
 (90). Capping off her successful Junior year, Candace earned the Associated
 Press Player of the Year, ESPN.com Player of the Year, John R. Wooden
 Award, Naismith Women's College Player of the Year, the State Farm Player
 of the Year and the Basketball Writers Association National Player of the
 Year. She was also selected to a number of All-American teams: Academic
 All-American of the Year, Associated Press All-American, ESPN.com
 All-American, John R. Wooden Award All-American and WBCA/Kodak
 All-American.
 
     "After meeting with the team at adidas and hearing about their future
 direction, I was extremely excited about continuing to be part of the
 adidas family," stated Parker. "There were a number of companies looking to
 partner with me, but adidas' commitment to the game of basketball, their
 WNBA partnership, their future direction and how I could be an extensive
 part of that made me feel like this was the perfect fit for my future."
 
     "The successful future of the WNBA is defined by talented,
 team-oriented young players like Candace Parker. Candace has shown
 throughout her basketball career that she can and will do whatever her team
 needs to win," stated Jim Gatto, Head of Global Basketball Sports Marketing
 for adidas. "adidas is clearly focused on partnering with the best
 team-oriented players and creating the most innovative performance products
 paired with cutting-edge design. This combination will continue to generate
 strong momentum for both our basketball, training and women's business, and
 we expect Candace to play a key role in all these areas moving forward."
 
     "Candace has the potential to become the most recognized woman in
 sports and our partnership with adidas will help propel her to that
 platform," said Aaron Goodwin, CEO of Goodwin Sports Management. "Young
 girls will resonate with Candace and someday lace up basketball shoes with
 her name on the sides."
 
     About adidas
 
     adidas has been providing innovative products for the world's best
 athletes for more than 50 years, from NBA legends to today's superstars,
 such as Chauncey Billups, Dwight Howard, Gilbert Arenas, Kevin Garnett, Tim
 Duncan and Tracy McGrady. On April 11, 2006 the adidas Group and the
 National Basketball Association have signed an 11-year global merchandising
 partnership that will make the adidas brand the official uniform and
 apparel provider for the NBA, the Women's National Basketball Association
 (WNBA) and the NBA Development League (D-League) beginning with the 2006-07
 NBA season.
 
 
For more information, contact or visit http://www.press.adidas.com: Travis L. Gonzolez - Head of Global Mary Ford - Goodwin Sports Basketball Public Relations Management (c) 503.504.8602 (o) 206.381.8900 (e) travis.gonzolez@adidas.com (e) mford@goodwinsports.com Matt Dianella - adidas/Hill & Knowlton (o) 310.633.9432 (e) matt.dianella@hillandknowlton.com

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