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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 3, 2000

     The President today announced his intent to appoint Nikki McCray

and Ken Preminger to serve as Members of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Ms. Nikki McCray, of Nashville, Tennessee, currently plays in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) for the Washington Mystics. She is the team's top scorer and the fifth top scorer in the WNBA. She was a member of the United States Olympic National Basketball Team, which won gold medals in both the 1998 World Championships in Germany and the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. In 1996-1997, she played for the Columbus Quest of the American Basketball League, leading the team to the league championship and earning league MVP honors. Ms. McCray was recently selected as a member of the United States Olympic Basketball Team to compete at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. She attended the University of Tennessee, where she was crowned the Southeastern Conference (SEC) player of the year in both 1994 and 1995. Ms. McCray serves as a WNBA spokeswoman and is an important role model for children, especially teenage girls. She is also active in community service in the District of Columbia area and Tennessee. Ms. McCray received her B.S. in Education Sports Marketing from the University of Tennessee.

Mr. Preminger, of Atherton, California, is the founder of Fitness Power, Inc., which began offering customized fitness assessments, goal setting and training programs in 1983 to people of all ages and abilities. Fitness Power, Inc. has serviced thousands of clients and has developed a reputation as a premier provider of personal training to executives and venture capitalists in the Silicon Valley. Today, Fitness Power is one of the largest and best-known San Francisco Bay Area fitness training companies. Mr. Preminger has worked as a fitness coach for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball, and as a strength and conditioning coach for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. In addition, he has been a football coach and fitness instructor at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California, and a fitness trainer on his own cable television physical fitness program. Mr. Preminger has a successful website and his current vision is to utilize the World Wide Web as a vehicle for reaching and inspiring a wider national audience into fitness and health. Mr. Preminger received a B.A. and a Master's degree in Education from Stanford University.

The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS) advises the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on the ways and means of enhancing opportunities for participation in physical fitness and sports activities. Council members also provide visibility to the cause of physical fitness by their participation in events, conferences and similar activities.