Private Tennis Lesson With Serena Williams Will Be Auctioned On To Benefit The Tom Joyner Foundation

Doublemint(R) Hosts Charity Auction With Serena And Venus Williams, Powered By

Mar 24, 2003, 00:00 ET from Wm. Wrigley, Jr. Company

    MIAMI, March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Doublemint and the Williams sisters
 announced that fans worldwide can bid on several auction items including a
 private tennis lesson with Serena Williams, on powered by from March 24 - April 25, 2003.  The launch of the "Feel the Green"
 Auction, benefiting the Tom Joyner Foundation, kicked off at NASDAQ 100 where
 the top two female ranked players in the world will take center court.
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     "We partnered with Doublemint on this auction because we wanted to help
 raise money for a good cause," said Serena Williams. "The items up for bid
 provide everyone a chance to collect something special while giving back to
     Doublemint's goal is to raise $10,000 for the Tom Joyner Foundation, which
 supports education through scholarships provided to historically black
 colleges and universities.  The three week charity auction will offer tennis
 fans a variety of different items including:
     -- Private tennis lesson with Serena Williams
     -- Tickets to the US Open in New York, donated by the Williams Sisters
     -- Specially designed "Doublemint Feel the Green" Wilson tennis racket
        signed by Serena and Venus Williams
     -- Serena and Venus Williams' 2003 NASDAQ 100 outfits
     -- Serena Williams' 2003 Wimbledon outfit
     -- Venus Williams' 2003 French Open outfit
     -- Wilson tennis bags and rackets signed by Serena and Venus Williams
     "Doublemint and the Williams sisters are partnering up to have some fun
 and raise money for education," said Sandra Oi, Doublemint marketing manager.
 "This auction will feature some of those fun, exciting, once-in-a-lifetime
 experiences that everyone will want to get their hands on."
     The "Feel the Green" concept is the current Doublemint advertising
 campaign featuring Venus and Serena Williams.  The "Feel the Green" Auction
 will run from March 24 - April 25, 2003.  The exclusive Williams sanctioned
 items can be found at, powered by  All of the
 proceeds will go directly to the Tom Joyner Foundation.
     "We are thankful for Doublemint's commitment to education," said Tom
 Joyner, founder of the Tom Joyner Foundation.  "This auction will raise funds
 and awareness for our cause to further strengthen the power of black
 universities and colleges around the country."
     Serena and Venus Williams have gone head-to-head in the women's singles
 final match in five out of the last six grand slam tournaments.  They are
 currently ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the world, respectively, as they head into
 the NASDAQ 100, in Miami, FL. that will be contested from March 16 - 29.
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