News Release

Bestselling Author Eugene Napoleon And Streetball Legend "Main Event" Host "STR8 TLK" Program At Five Rochester, New York Schools

March 25, 2008

John O'Malley
John.OMalley@VerizonWireless.com
585-321-7264Meredith Dropkin
meredithd@mragroup.com
315-233-3000

ROCHESTER, NY — This week, students from five Rochester schools will participate in a motivational program hosted by bestselling author and former professional football player Eugene Napoleon, and streetball legend Waliyy Dixon, aka "Main Event." As part of the Verizon Wireless "STR8 TLK" program, Napoleon and Dixon will share important messages about education, goal setting and personal responsibility.

Programs will be presented at the School Without Walls Jr. and Sr. High Schools, Thomas Jefferson High School, John Marshall High School, and Global Media Arts High School in Rochester beginning Wednesday, March 26 through Friday, March 28. A sixth event, open to the public, will take place Friday night at the North Street Community Center. (Editor's note: Please see schedule at end of release.)

Napoleon dreamed of accomplishing two goals in his life: playing professional football and being the president and CEO of his own company. He exceeded his expectations by playing football for the Tampa Bay Storm and becoming the president and CEO of two companies, Nap Records and Nap Sports. Napoleon also is the bestselling author of the book Dream Real.

Dixon gained fame playing basketball at Rucker Park in Harlem. He was known there as a ferocious dunker and undersized big man. His extraordinary slams and moves earned him the nickname "Main Event" and helped launch streetball into a cultural phenomenon.

"STR8 TLK" with Eugene Napoleon and Main Event will be presented at the following locations:

Wednesday, March 26
10:30-11:30 a.m. - School Without Walls Sr. High School, 480 Broadway

Thursday, March 27
8:45-9:45 a.m. - Thomas Jefferson High School, 1 Edgerton Park
12:30-1:30 p.m. - John Marshall High School, 180 Ridgeway Avenue

Friday, March 28
9:00-10:00 a.m. - School Without Walls Jr. High School, 111 N. Clinton Avenue
1:45-2:45 p.m. - Global Media Arts High School, 950 Norton Street
6:00-9:00 p.m. - North Street Community Center, 700 North Street (public event)

Editor's Note: To attend one of the events or arrange an interview with Eugene Napoleon or Main Event, please contact John O'Malley at 585-321-7264 or John.OMalley@verizonwireless.com.

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