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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Turns Spotlight On DCPS Student Athletes


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WHAT/WHO: Sports press conference with Mayor Vincent C. Gray who will announce updates to the 42nd Annual Turkey Bowl DCIAA Championship game along with Safeway officials, Steve Neibergall, President of Safeway’s Eastern Division, Greg TenEyck, Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations, Craig Muckle, Manager, Public Affairs and Government Relations; and Comcast officials, Brian Potter, Sr., Director of Communications for Comcast SportsNet and John Conwell, Vice President Government and Regulatory Affairs, Beltway Region. Other participants will include the head coach from Dunbar SHS, Willie Bennett, and the head coach from Coolidge SHS Natalie Randolph.

Also, Mayor Gray and DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson will introduce the school system’s first African American female Athletic Director, Stephanie Evans.

WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 10:00 a.m.

Eastern High School Football Field

1700 East Capitol Street, NE - Washington, DC 20003

(Enter from 19th Street, NE – Limited Parking)

BACKGROUND: In his ongoing effort to elevate high school sports in the District of Columbia, Mayor Gray will announce updates to this year’s annual Thanksgiving Day tradition. The 42nd Annual Safeway Turkey Bowl will pit the Dunbar Senior High School Crimson Tide against the Coolidge Senior High School Colts for the Turkey Bowl Championship. The game will be played on Thursday, November 24, 11:00 am at Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol Street, NE.

In a first, the game will air on the Comcast Network (TCN) on Friday, November 25 at 7:00 pm. TCN is available in more than 1.8 million homes throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. It will be available on Comcast SportsNet on-demand.

Earlier this year, Safeway agreed to strengthen and promote the Turkey Bowl by sponsoring the game. The company is providing the District with a one-time cash payment of $100,000 and $50,000 in in-kind donations over three years in exchange for the sponsorship.

Additionally, the new DCPS Athletic Director, Stephanie Evans, the first African American female to be appointed to the position, will be introduced by Mayor Gray and DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson. The new Athletic Director is a former college basketball coach with a background in psychology and human services.