Nation's Top Football Teams Bring Holiday Cheer to City of Hope Pediatric Cancer Patients at Rose Bowl 'Media Day' Photo Session Teams Square Off Two Days Later at Rose Bowl for National Championship

Bragging Rights

WHAT: The No. 1 University of Southern California (USC) Trojans and

the No. 2 University of Texas Longhorns will meet City of Hope

pediatric cancer patients and pose for photographs two days

before their bid for the national championship.

     WHEN:      Monday, January 2, 2006
                9 to 10 a.m.: USC Trojan football team meets City of Hope
                pediatric patients and their families for photo shoot
                (scheduled to include Heisman Trophy winners Reggie Bush and
                Matt Leinart).
                10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: University of Texas Longhorn football team
                meets City of Hope pediatric patients and their families for
                photo shoot (scheduled to include Heisman Trophy runner-up
                Vince Young).
     WHERE:     Home Depot Center's Indoor Tennis Stadium: 18400 Avalon Blvd.,
                *  Players and coaches representing the USC Trojans and the
                   Texas Longhorns
                *  City of Hope Cancer Center patients and their families,
                   including high school football player Jorge Hernandez.
                   Jorge is a 2005 fall recipient of the California
                   Interscholastic Federation Spirit of Sport Award,
                   recognizing student-athletes who are active in school and
                   community service.
                City of Hope is one of the world's leading research and
                treatment centers for cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other
                life-threatening diseases.  Named by U.S. News & World Report
                as one of America's best medical centers for cancer treatment,
                City of Hope is a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest
                designation bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a
                founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
                Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of
                bone marrow transplantation and genetics. City of Hope's
                scientific knowledge is shared with medical centers locally and
                globally, helping patients battling life-threatening diseases.
                For more information, visit

SOURCE City of Hope

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