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September 27, 2000

Awards.com Signs on as a NACDA Corporate Partner

CLEVELAND -- Awards.com, a web-based resource for awards, promotional products and content, has become a corporate partner of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The term is for a three-year period, running through June 2003.

"This relationship with NACDA puts us in front of one of the largest groups of motivators and mentors in the world. We hope to aid them in the recognition of college athletes through our large array of awards merchandise," says Mike McCann, Awards.com's chief marketing officer.

Awards.com offers a large selection of awards and promotional and motivational products. The company's core philosophy encourages success through recognition in sports, business and life. Awards.com is a leader in the awards and promotional product industry, both online and offline, by offering a convenient, interactive interface for award customization and free personalization, and a commitment to product innovation through new and unique award designs. Awards.com offers outstanding customer service and competitive, "no-middleman" pricing. Nearly every product is available on-demand.

"We are pleased Awards.com has elected to become a corporate partner of NACDA," says Bob Vecchione, NACDA associate executive director. "Awards.com complements the NACDA family of corporate partners. This is a win-win relationship, where we can provide a cost savings to our member institutions, as well as for the national office. In addition, Awards.com's ability to provide our membership with the opportunity to manage their entire awards process online reflects yet another facet of athletics administration that is being positively affected by technology."

Awards.com is rapidly becoming a dominant player in a $25 billion industry through business alliances with organizations such as Major League Soccer, National Hockey League, National Football League, Major League Baseball, Road Runners Club of America, Pop Warner/Little Scholars, Strike Ten Entertainment, Bowling Proprietor's Association of America, American Bowling Congress, Young American Bowling Alliance, USA Baseball, Men's Senior/Adult Baseball League, the National High School Athletic Coaches Association and the National Association of Independent Schools.

Awards.com joins NACDA's other corporate partners including adidas; Continental Airlines; Daktronics, Inc., FANSonly; Host Communications; Pivotal Communications, LLC; and Sears, Roebuck and Co.

NACDA, which is now in its 36th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics directors, associates, assistants and conference administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Through its series of management seminars, clinics and workshops and publication of the bi-monthly magazine Athletics Administration, NACDA offers educational opportunities to its members. More than 1,200 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. NACDA also owns and operates the two preseason football games, the Kickoff and Pigskin Classics. Additionally, NACDA operates the Sears Directors' Cup program, which honors the all-sports champion in each of the NCAA Divisions -- I, II and III -- and the NAIA, for a total of four trophies.