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COLGATE WOMEN'S GAMES An Award Winning Community Activity Tina Santi Flaherty Corporate Vice President Colgate-Palmolive Company and Executive Producer, Colgate Women's Games Fred Thompson Operating Meet Director Warren Ring Robert Wheeler Assistant Meet Directors THESE ARE "RUNNERS TO WATCH" Clockwise from upper left, Shola Lynch, Kareem Pickering, Angela Williams, and Tressa Smith are four of the nation's most promising young runners. While competing in this year's Colgate Women's Games, this quartet set 11 meet records and established three national marks. Kareem Pickering Shola Lynch FACTS ABOUT THE COLGATE WOMEN'S GAMES IX HISTORY: The Colgate Women's Games was founded in 1975. That year, 5,000 young women participated. In 1983, the Games attracts more than 22,000 competitors. The Colgate Women's Games is sanctioned by The Athletic Congress. OBJECTIVE: Athletic competition is seen as an important contributing ingredient in helping young women develop a sense of personal destiny and self-worth. The Games provide a training ground for those who might not otherwise participate in organized sports. ELIGIBILITY: All female residents of New York City, Long Island, or Hudson County, New Jersey, and eligible to compete. No previous experience in track and field is required. WHY RUNNING?: Track and field is the great equalizer; it is unmatched for the benefits it can provide experienced athletes and novices alike. There is no elitism. Everyone can play. It isn't a sport in which pressure-packed tryouts determine the starting lineup. All you have to do is show up and try your hardest! AGE GROUP DIVISIONS: There are six age group divisions: Elementary A (grades 1 through 3); Elementary B (grades 4 and 5); Mid-Shcool (grades 6 through 8); High School (grades 9 through 12); College/Open; and the "Colgate thirties-Plus" division for women over 30. EVENTS: There are eight events: LOCATION: Preliminaries-The Pratt Institute Activity Center in Brooklyn is the site of the four consecutive weekends of preliminaries and the one-day semifinals. The track is laid out according to international specifications, and was the first 200-meter indoor facility in the United States to utilize metric measurements. The running surface composition is Chem-Turf: Oval and cash lanes measure 36" wide. MADISON SQUARE GARDEN: Each year the finals of Colgate Women's Games are held at Madison Square Garden; this year on Monday, March 7, 1983, beginning at 4:00 P.M. GRANTS-IN-AID: Educational grants-in- aid totaling $57,000 will be awarded to the top three point scorers in each event. At the conclusion of this year's competition, Colgate will have awarded over the past nine years, 741 educational grants-in-aid totaling nearly $300,000. COLGATE SPORTS AROUND THE WORLD: Colgate's concern for youths and sports extends across the nation and around the globe. In Sweden, the Colgate Cup, a golf tournament for boys and girls; in the Philippines, establishment of a Colgate Sports Foundation to build sports and playground facilities; in Guatemala, equipment for children's playgrounds. Hong Kong, Italy, Greece, Malaysia, Denmark, Canada, Zambia and some 30 other countries also conduct Colgate-Palmolive sponsored youth programs. Tressa Smith Angela Williams 232
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