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Release No: 426-95
August 07, 1995



For the first time in the 25-year history of the Presidential Sports Awardprogram, the entire crew of a U.S. Navy ship has earned the award. The 335officers and Sailors of the cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) earned the awardthrough regular participation in sports and fitness activities, exercisingduring their lunch hour, four days each week, from October 1994 through March1995.

The crew of the cruiser will receive the award from the President's Council onPhysical Fitness and Sports, in a 9 a.m. ceremony, Monday, August 7, 1995, atLong Beach Naval Shipyard, Long Beach, California. Calvin Hill, retiredNational Football League great and member of the President's Council onPhysical Fitness and Sports will present the award.

"The crew of Antietam will have more than their Presidential Sports Awards toproudly display," said Navy Secretary John H. Dalton. "They also havedemonstrated improved physical readiness, due in large measure to theirenthusiastic participation in the Presidential Sports Award Program."

The Presidential Sports Award Program was established in 1972 to encourage allAmericans -- ages six and up -- to regularly participate in physical-fitnessrelated activities. Participants in the program can earn awards in more than68 sports and fitness categories.

Media wishing to attend the ceremony should contact Lieutenant Commander BruceCole, Public Affairs Officer, Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. PacificFleet, San Diego, California, at (619) 437-2735.

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