August 22, 2004

Olympic Memorabilia Auction at Olympic Rendezvous @ SAMSUNG

August 22, 2004 (Athens) - The Worldwide Olympic Partner Samsung has teamed up with humanitarian NGO Right To Play and a team of internationally renowned Olympians to host a week-long charity auction benefiting sport programs for children in the underprivileged places.
Dozens of items will be auctioned off during the week-long celebrity auction series at the Olympic Rendezvous @ Samsung in OAKA (Athens Olympic Sports Complex) . Every night will also feature special guest appearances from Olympians past and present.
“Supporting Right To Play gives me an opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of children in really difficult places,” said Olaf Tufte, 2004 Olympic Gold medallist, “I'm honored to join with athletes from around the world to make a difference through sport.”
Mr Sunny Hwang, Director General of Samsung Electronics, made a generous €2 2 ,000 donation to Right To Play President Johann Olav Koss to get the auction off to a great start .
“With the support of Samsung,” said Koss, “we have the tremendous opportunity to bring athletes and sports fans together to help kids most in need. This is the true spirit of the Olympic Games. ”
Mr Il-Hyung Chang, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of Samsung Electronics , said “Samsung had been working with the Olympic Aid, the predecessor of Right To Play, in previous Olympic Games. We are proud to be working with Right To Play and we hope to raise a substantial amount from our daily auctions . We are pleased to be able to make a difference and contribute to the Olympic Movement at our significant on-site pavilion, OR@S .”
AUCTION & APPEARANCE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK AHEAD











August 23

Olympians :


Lauryn Williams (USA): 2003 Pan American Games gold medallist in World and European Champion


 
 


 
 
Dimothenis T a Tambakos (Greece, Gymnastics)




On the blocks :

Signed shoes from Olympic Silver medallist Darren Campbell (Gr Britain, Athletics)


 
 
Signed shirt from Dimothenis T a Tambakos







August 24

Olympians :
Jenny Thompson (USA, Swimming): Five time gold medallist


 
 
Janet Evans (USA, Swimming): F our time gold medallist


 
 
Nikki Dryden (Canada, Swimming): Canadian and Commonwealth Champion




On the blocks :

Signed swimming apparel from Jenny Thompson


 
 
Ball signed by Canadian Swimming Team


 
 
Signed cap from Alessio Boggiatto (Italy, swimming)








August 25

Olympians :
Jeroen Straathof (Netherlands, Cycling)




On the blocks :

Signed racing suit from Jeroen Straathof;


 


 
 
Signed shirt from Spanish cycling legend Miguel Indurain








August 26

Olympians :
Adne Sondral (Norway, Speed skating) Gold, silver and bronze medallist




On the blocks :

Ice hockey game sheet signed by Wayne Gretzky (Canada)


 


 
 
Signed shirt from retired athlete Stephane Diagana (France, Hurdling)








August 27

Olympians :
TBD




On the blocks :

Football signed by Australian Football Team


 
 
Signed Team USA Basketball jersey


 
 
Shoes signed by Cathy Freeman








August 28

Olympians :
TBD




On the blocks :

Master's flag signed by Master's champion Mike Weir (Golf)


 
 
Ball signed by tennis players at Rogers AT&T cup in Toronto 2003


 
 
Shoes signed by Niki Xanthou (Greece, Athletics)








About the Olympic Rendezvous @ Samsung (OR@S):

OR@S is the centerpiece of Samsung's worldwide partnership of the Olympic Games and designated Official Meeting P lace for Athletes and their Families within the Athens Olympic Sports Complex (OAKA).
About Right To Play

Right To Play is an athlete-driven humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to foster the healthy physical, social and emotional development of children in the underprivileged places including refugee children, children affected by HIV/AIDS and former child combatants.





Please note that events are subject to change. Please contact us in advance to confirm details and secure interviews.
Contact:

Tanya Veingard (International) / Haris Makrakou (Greek)

Samsung Olympic Games Press Office

O: +30 210 003 7257

M: +30 697 225 5925 / +30 6948 800 746

E: tanya_veingard@uk.cohnwolfe.com / hmakrakou@theprteam.gr

Kathleen Doheny / Ana Shapiro

Right To Play Special Events

M: +30 697 570 3626; +30 697 570 3628

E: kdoheny@righttoplay.com / ashapiro@righttoplay.com


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