LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ — Campbell Soup Company today announced
the nominees for its Campbell’s SOUPer U.S. Olympic Parents Award. As an
official Olympic supplier, Campbell, in conjunction with the United States
Olympic Committee, created the Campbell’s SOUPer U.S. Olympic Parents Award to
recognize the unique commitment and dedication of the many parents of U.S.
Olympic hopefuls who through personal involvement and self-sacrifice have
helped to nurture the Olympic dream of their child.
Each of the 15 parents will receive a $1,000 cash donation from Campbell
to help offset travel costs to see their child compete in Salt Lake City this
February. In addition, Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalists will be chosen from
among the Campbell’s SOUPer U.S. Olympic Parents by a panel of Olympic
medalists, including Debi Thomas, Phil Mahre and Eric Heiden, and
representatives from the USOC and Campbell Soup Company. The Campbell’s
SOUPer U.S. Olympic Parents Gold Medalists receive an additional $10,000, the
Silver Medalists will receive $5,000 and the Bronze $3,000.
“This program recognizes the truly remarkable efforts of the parents of
Olympic hopefuls who day in and day out are committed to nourishing their
children’s athletic dreams,” said Campbell President and Chief Executive
Officer, Douglas R. Conant. “Our company has long understood the invaluable
support parents provide in all areas of their children’s lives. As an
Official Olympic Supplier, we are doing what we can to acknowledge the role
parents play to help support the athletic endeavors of our American athletes.”
The nominated parents are a distinguished group who has been selected by their
child’s sports National Governing Bodies representing each of the 15 winter
Olympic disciplines. The SOUPer Olympic Parents include:
— Alpine Skiing — Fran and Francoise Lalive, Steamboat Springs, CO;
parents of Caroline Lalive
-- Biathlon -- Steve and Karen Gieck, Jackson, WY, parents of David Gieck
-- Bobsled -- Peggy Smith, Park City, UT, mother of Jill Bakken
-- Cross Country Skiing -- Roger and Mary Kemppel, Anchorage, AK; parents
of Nina Kemppel
-- Curling -- Steve and Diane Brown, Madison, WI; parents of Craig Brown
and Erika Brown Oriedo
-- Figure Skating -- John and Ruth Eldredge, South Chatham, MA, parents of
-- Freestyle Skiing -- Richard Dybvig, Tunbridge, VT; father of Evan
-- Hockey -- Natalie Granato, Plainfield, IL, mother of Cammi Granato
-- Luge -- Tom and Della Wilczak, Riverforest, IL; parents of Becky
-- Nordic Combined -- Bert & Dani Hinkley, Andover, NH, parents of Jed
-- Short Track -- Yuki Ohno, Seattle, WA, father of Apolo Anton Ohno
-- Skeleton -- Jim Shea, Sr., Lake Placid, NY, father of Jim Shea, Jr.
-- Ski Jumping -- Mary & Dave Alborn, Anchorage, AK, parents of Alan
-- Snowboard -- Warren & Kathy Klug, Aspen, CO, parents of Chris Klug
-- Speed Skating -- Jeff & Ruth FitzRandolph, Verona, WI, parents of Casey
Campbell Soup Company is an Official Supplier for the 2002 Olympic Winter
Games and of the 2002 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Team. In addition to recognizing
SOUPer Olympic Parents, Campbell has also committed to provide a minimum of
$500,000 in funding to the US Olympic Team via consumer purchases of
commemorative Campbell Olympic mugs. This initiative will be used by the U.S.
Olympic Team to help U.S. athletes with their everyday training needs.
SOURCE Campbell Soup Company
CONTACT: John Faulkner of Campbell Soup Company, +1-856-342-3738; or
Rich Lukis or Beth Jolly, both of Coyne PR, +1-973-808-6611, for Campbell Soup
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