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RadioShack, With Cal and Bill Ripken, Has Found the Most 'Driven' Baseball Fan
In the Country
FORT WORTH, Texas, July 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With a white Volkswagen Beetle adorned with red baseball stitches, Stevette Mathis of Dallas, N.C., has the baseball fan's dream car. Her VW "Bug" painted like a baseball was only part of the reason RadioShack, an official sponsor of Major League Baseball, along with Cal and Bill Ripken, named her the 2003 Xtreme(SM) Baseball Fan. Each and every day is influenced by this lifelong fan's love of baseball. She boasts an unrivaled collection of baseball-inspired clothing, accessories and stories.
Mathis beat out hundreds of other entrants in RadioShack Corporation's (NYSE: RSH) second annual search for the most dedicated and passionate baseball fan. As the grand prize winner, Mathis will receive a trip for four to Major League Baseball All-Star Week (July 11-15) in Chicago and will take in part of the festivities with Cal and Bill Ripken.
Mathis' love for baseball began at an early age. "I was born in October, and by the following April I was at the ballpark on my granddaddy's knee," Mathis fondly recalled. "I loved listening to baseball games on the radio, too, and imagined being there". Mathis submitted a video entry that featured her baseball clothing and accessory collection, spanning everything from t-shirts and sweatshirts, to necklaces, watches, earrings and pins.
Mathis, a retired school teacher, now spends her time following her passion in a second career escorting fans through ballparks across the country and taking in numerous ballgames along the way. When contacted by the Xtreme Fan committee Stevette was where else -- but at a ballgame, cheering on the Burlington Indians, a rookie league farm team!
"It was never a choice for me to become a baseball fan. It was always a part of who I am, which is why I knew I had to enter RadioShack's Xtreme Baseball Fan Contest," stated Mathis. "Some people may think I need to get a life, but for me, baseball is my life and I couldn't be happier about it."
Launched in March 2003 by RadioShack, future Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and his brother, 12-year major league veteran Bill Ripken, the 2003 Xtreme Baseball Fan contest sought out the most passionate and dedicated baseball fans in the country. Entrants were invited to submit a short essay (optional video or photographs) that documented why they, or someone they knew, were deserving of the title "Xtreme Baseball Fan."
"Fans like Stevette are really what make the game so special," commented the legendary Cal Ripken Jr. "The game of baseball is great whether it's played in an empty field or in front of a packed house, but it is the great baseball fans like the ones who entered the Xtreme Fan contest who give it atmosphere and electricity. Bill and I look forward to watching the All-Star Game with such an Xtreme baseball fan."
"This year we received a multitude of excellent entries, exemplifying the depth of America's love affair with baseball," stated Jim McDonald, senior vice president of advertising and marketing for RadioShack. "It was a tough decision; however, Stevette possessed the passion, dedication and most definitely the 'drive' to win the title of the most Xtreme Baseball Fan."
Taking the honors for the runner-up position were Rob and Priscilla Steinmetz of Orland Hills, Ill. The couple was married five years ago in a baseball-themed event complete with guests rising for the National Anthem, a first pitch thrown out by the Father of the Bride, and ball park dogs as part of the dinner entree. They were awarded a prize package that includes a trip to the Cal Ripken Jr. World Series Championship Game taking place in Aberdeen, Md., August 24.
Other noteworthy RadioShack Xtreme Baseball Fan entries
Also recognized for their creativity and extreme devotion to baseball were:
-- John Trush from Washington, N.J. -- An avid baseball fan, Trush has attended nearly 2,000 games and boasts an extensive collection of baseball memorabilia. -- Jennifer Young on behalf of her mother Dorothy Young from Kirkwood, Mo. -- This charming 87-year-old St. Louis Cardinals fan has gone to each of their opening games for the past 36 years. -- Charlene Williams from San Luis Obispo, Calif. -- Known as "The Giants Lady," Williams is so loyal to her team that she never leaves the house without her Giants pin and Giants-colored attire. -- Joseph Webb from Decatur, Ala. -- This 16-year-old has already won a college scholarship based on his baseball-inspired school science projects. -- Steve Rochfort from Baltimore, Md. -- Rochfort and his son bond with each other by traveling around the country from ballpark to ballpark watching baseball games. About RadioShack Corporation
Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack(R) Corporation is the nation's most trusted consumer electronics specialty retailer of wireless communications, electronic parts, batteries and accessories as well as other digital technology products and services. With more than 7,200 stores nationwide, it is estimated that 94 percent of all Americans live or work within five minutes of a RadioShack store or dealer. The company's knowledgeable sales associates and brand position, "You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers," support RadioShack's mission to demystify technology in every neighborhood in America. For more information on the company, visit the RadioShack Corporation Web site at www.radioshackcorporation.com . For more information on RadioShack products and services, visit its e-commerce Web site at www.radioshack.com .
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