Eight Champions Crowned in Fitness Authority National Championship

- Miss America 2001 Angela Baraquio and NFL Co-Man of the Year Derrick Brooks

on Hand for Inaugural Fitness Authority Championship Created by

Boys & Girls Clubs of America and The Sports Authority -



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sports Authority, Inc.

    FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- 15-year-old Sharlene Carillo
 of Kaui, HI was one of eight youngsters to capture a Fitness Authority
 National Championship in a competition held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on
 Saturday, March 31.  Carillo was one of 45 children competing in the National
 Finals of the Fitness Authority program, a youth fitness program co-created by
 The Sports Authority (NYSE:   TSA) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
     Forty-five children, including seven from U.S. Military bases around the
 world, competed in the national championship, which was the first championship
 of any kind for either a The Sports Authority or Boys & Girls Club of America
 sponsored initiative.  The Fitness Authority initiative began in January with
 a 12-week physical fitness program, which was implemented at over 1,000 Boys &
 Girls Clubs throughout the world.  More than 100,000 children participated in
 the 12-week program followed by local and regional competitions, culminating
 in the championship in Florida which was held at the Pine Crest School.
     "This was a great day for all of the children," said Marty Hanaka,
 Chairman and CEO of The Sports Authority.  "This is unprecedented success for
 us as well as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to host our first championship
 with competitors coming from all over the world," continued the B&GC Alumnus.
 
     Other champions in today's event included:
 
            Name             Club                                  Hometown
     10-11
     Girls  Alisha Davis     Aberdeen Area Boys & Girls Clubs      Aberdeen, SD
     Boys   AJ Maddox        Boys & Girls Clubs of Topeka, KS      Topeka, KS
 
     12-13
     Girls  Cherie Walker   Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities  St. Paul, MN
     Boys   Edward Rodriguez  Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio  San Antonio, TX
 
     14-15
     Girls  Sharlene Carillo Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii         Kaui, HI
     Boys   Terry Brown      Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast, LA   Metairie, LA
 
     16-18
     Girls  Nicole Dearing   South Haven Boys & Girls Clubs     South Haven, IN
     Boys   Felipe Galvan    Boys & Girls Clubs of Westminster (DBA)
                                                                Westminster, CA
 
     The Sports Authority, Inc., the world's largest full-line sporting
 goods retailer directly operates 198 full-line sporting goods superstores in
 32 states across the United States.  Mega Sports Co. Ltd operates another
 19 stores in Japan under a license agreement with The Sports Authority.
 TheSportsAuthority.com, Inc. which operates http://www.thesportsauthority.com,
 is a joint venture between Global Sports, Inc. and The Sports Authority.
 
     Boys & Girls Clubs of America (http://www.bcga.org) comprises a national
 network of 2,900 neighborhood-based facilities annually serving more than
 3.5 million young people, primarily from disadvantaged circumstances.  Known
 as "The Positive Place for Kids," clubs provide guidance-oriented programs on
 a daily basis for children 6-18 years old, conducted by a full-time
 professional staff.  Key programs emphasize character and leadership
 development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life
 skills, the arts and sports, fitness and recreation.  National headquarters
 are located in Atlanta.
 
 

SOURCE Sports Authority, Inc.
    FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- 15-year-old Sharlene Carillo
 of Kaui, HI was one of eight youngsters to capture a Fitness Authority
 National Championship in a competition held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on
 Saturday, March 31.  Carillo was one of 45 children competing in the National
 Finals of the Fitness Authority program, a youth fitness program co-created by
 The Sports Authority (NYSE:   TSA) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
     Forty-five children, including seven from U.S. Military bases around the
 world, competed in the national championship, which was the first championship
 of any kind for either a The Sports Authority or Boys & Girls Club of America
 sponsored initiative.  The Fitness Authority initiative began in January with
 a 12-week physical fitness program, which was implemented at over 1,000 Boys &
 Girls Clubs throughout the world.  More than 100,000 children participated in
 the 12-week program followed by local and regional competitions, culminating
 in the championship in Florida which was held at the Pine Crest School.
     "This was a great day for all of the children," said Marty Hanaka,
 Chairman and CEO of The Sports Authority.  "This is unprecedented success for
 us as well as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to host our first championship
 with competitors coming from all over the world," continued the B&GC Alumnus.
 
     Other champions in today's event included:
 
            Name             Club                                  Hometown
     10-11
     Girls  Alisha Davis     Aberdeen Area Boys & Girls Clubs      Aberdeen, SD
     Boys   AJ Maddox        Boys & Girls Clubs of Topeka, KS      Topeka, KS
 
     12-13
     Girls  Cherie Walker   Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities  St. Paul, MN
     Boys   Edward Rodriguez  Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio  San Antonio, TX
 
     14-15
     Girls  Sharlene Carillo Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii         Kaui, HI
     Boys   Terry Brown      Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast, LA   Metairie, LA
 
     16-18
     Girls  Nicole Dearing   South Haven Boys & Girls Clubs     South Haven, IN
     Boys   Felipe Galvan    Boys & Girls Clubs of Westminster (DBA)
                                                                Westminster, CA
 
     The Sports Authority, Inc., the world's largest full-line sporting
 goods retailer directly operates 198 full-line sporting goods superstores in
 32 states across the United States.  Mega Sports Co. Ltd operates another
 19 stores in Japan under a license agreement with The Sports Authority.
 TheSportsAuthority.com, Inc. which operates http://www.thesportsauthority.com,
 is a joint venture between Global Sports, Inc. and The Sports Authority.
 
     Boys & Girls Clubs of America (http://www.bcga.org) comprises a national
 network of 2,900 neighborhood-based facilities annually serving more than
 3.5 million young people, primarily from disadvantaged circumstances.  Known
 as "The Positive Place for Kids," clubs provide guidance-oriented programs on
 a daily basis for children 6-18 years old, conducted by a full-time
 professional staff.  Key programs emphasize character and leadership
 development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life
 skills, the arts and sports, fitness and recreation.  National headquarters
 are located in Atlanta.
 
 SOURCE  Sports Authority, Inc.