FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2007
Tennis Champion and Book Lover Nicole Vaidisova Teams Up with Get Caught Reading
-- Vaidisova Inaugural Tennis Star to Promote Nationwide Literacy Campaign --
July 25, 2007 -- The Association of American Publishers and IMG Tennis today announce that U.S. tennis phenom Nicole Vaidisova will join Get Caught Reading, the nationwide public service reading campaign that promotes the joys of books and reading to children of all ages. Vaidisova, an avid book lover with a reputation amongst her fellow tennis stars for traveling on the circuit with many books in her tennis bag, will serve as the inaugural spokesperson representing Tennis on the Get Caught Reading literacy campaign trail -- she joins athletes from Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association. Vaidisova is now spreading the literacy word by being photographed reading Mitch Albom's bestselling Tuesdays with Morrie as part of the nation's public service literacy awareness program.
A regular "book report" contributor to Smash Tennis Magazine, Vaidisova is already famous for her love of books and reading. "With the millions of fans by her side inspired by her tennis prowess, and now, influenced by her love of books, we're honored to have Ms. Vaidisova join our cast of public figures by contributing her time and sharing with the country her commitment to books and reading," notes Patricia Scott Schroeder, President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers. "We're expecting tennis fans across the nation will also soon be caught reading both courtside and off the court!"
About Nicole Vaidisova
When she was just 15 years old, Ms. Vaidisova won her first professional Tour event in Vancouver. Later that season, she became one of only three players in the Tour's history to win two tournaments in her rookie year. At 16, she won three back-to-back professional Tour events, in Seoul, Tokyo and Bangkok. Then, at 17, she reached the Grand Slam semi-final at the French Open, beating top seated Amelie Mauresmo and Venus Williams in the process. Most recently, she reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open in January. Ms. Vaidisova currently resides in Brandenton, Florida where she trains at the Nick Bollettieri Academy. She is represented by IMG.
About Get Caught Reading
Get Caught Reading is a nationwide public service campaign launched by the Association of American Publishers in 1999 to promote the joy of reading. The cornerstone of the campaign enlists public figures "getting caught reading" their favorite titles, with posters available at no charge to booksellers, librarians and educators across the country. Through celebrity involvement, Get Caught Reading leads by example. Now in its eighth year, Get Caught Reading continues to grow and has caught on worldwide. Celebrities who have appeared in the campaign include Whoopi Goldberg, Alicia Keys, Queen Latifa, Robin Williams, NY Yankee Johnny Damon, The Miami Heat, retired NY Giants Tiki Barber, Mary Kate and Ashley Olson, and George Foreman, to name just a few.
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Media outlets interested in donating ad space to run "Nicole Vaidisova Gets Caught Reading" should contact Christina Rodriguez at the AAP at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212/255-0200 ext. 262. A selection of magazine and newspapers which have run Get Caught Reading campaigns include The New York Times, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, People, Time, Esquire, Harpers Bazaar, and Entertainment Weekly, amongst others.
To view the posters of the many celebrities getting caught reading their favorite books are available at no charge to complement the reading campaigns in every community across the nation by visiting the web site at www.getcaughtreading.org.