Ten outstanding young people have been named by McDonald’s to represent the United States at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Youth Camp during the Olympic Games in Australia. Five girls and five boys, ages 16 to 18, were selected by the United States Olympic Committee and McDonald’s restaurants across the country based on their exceptional records in school, sports and community service. Each submitted a one-page essay titled “Why I Should be a McDonald’s Olympic Achiever.”

“McDonald’s Olympic Achievers is an integral part of our worldwide Olympic partnership and a way for us to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of young people today,” said Alan Feldman, President, McDonald’s USA. “These individuals exemplify the Olympic spirit and values that are shared so closely by McDonald’s.”

The 10 U.S. McDonald’s Olympic Achievers who will attend the Sydney 2000 Olympic Youth Camp from September 12 through October 4, 2000 are: Missy Rickley, St. Ignace, Mich.; Nathan Piper, Washington, Pa.; Coral Conant, Florrissant, Mo.; Heather Dennis, Westfield, N.J.; Jordan Dubin, Houston, Texas; James Ruger, Modena, N.Y.; Michelle Bourque, North Port, Fla.; Cardelle Faulk, Jr., Lafayette, La.; Lindsay Connelly, Centerville, Utah; and Edwin Moraila, Ventura, Calif. Their designation was part of McDonald’s worldwide sponsorship of the 2000 Olympic Games and the selection process for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Youth Camp.

“As our first-ever global corporate sponsor and a partner in the selection process, McDonald’s has been instrumental in raising awareness of the program and extending the opportunity to a greater number of deserving young people,” said William J. Hybl, United States Olympic Committee Chairman and President.

The U.S. delegation will join more than 400 other outstanding youth from around the world who were also chosen by their National Olympic Committees, with assistance from McDonald’s. Their Olympic experience will include participation of two runners in the Olympic Torch Relay, meeting Olympic athletes, attending Olympic events, visits to McDonald’s restaurants and a three-night stay with an Australian family.

McDonald’s is the world’s largest global foodservice retailer with more than 27,000 restaurants, serving nearly 43 million people each day in 119 countries. More than 80 percent of McDonald’s restaurants around the world are owned and operated by independent, local businessmen and women.

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