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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                            (Kiev, Ukraine)
For Immediate Release                                       June 5, 2000

     The President today announced his intent to appoint Billy Blanks

and Lauren Gregg to serve as members of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Mr. Billy Blanks, of West Hills, California, is the creator of the Tae-Bo fitness system. In less than two years the Tae-Bo fitness system, dubbed the "Future of Fitness," has been adopted by millions of people worldwide. In 1980, Mr. Blanks was selected as the captain of the AAU American karate team and has competed around the world. Mr. Blanks is a seven-time world karate champion and winner of thirty-six gold medals from various international competitions. He holds a seventh grade degree black belt in addition to black belts in five other various forms of karate. Mr. Blanks is the author of The Tae-Bo Way. Mr. Blanks is the national spokesman for D.A.R.E. and has dedicated the Billy Blanks Foundation to assisting at risk youth and women.

Ms. Lauren Gregg, of Charlottesville, Virginia, has served as the Assistant Coach of the U.S. Women's National Soccer team for the past decade. She coached the team to victory in the Women's World Cup Soccer Tournament in 1999. From 1996 to 2000, Ms. Gregg was the National Team Coach for the USA U-21 Women's National Team which won the 1999 Nordic Cup. The Nordic Cup is considered the unofficial world championship for women under the age of twenty-one. Ms. Gregg served as the Assistant Coach for the first-ever Olympic Gold Medal Women's Soccer Team in Atlanta. She is the author of The Champion Within, Training for Excellence and a soccer consultant for Ms. Gregg presently serves on the Governor's Council of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She is also a consultant for the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), the newly formed women's professional soccer league.

Ms. Gregg received a B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.A. degree in Education from Harvard 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.