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Published November 29, 1994
NIKE: On Wednesday, Braves infielder Fred McGriff and Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell will dedicate a new P.L.A.Y. court made from recycled Nike shoes in Atlanta. This is the sixth U.S. city this year to have a court donated as part of P.L.A.Y. -- Participate in the Lives of America's Youth, Nike's national youth sports and fitness initiative (Nike). CONVERSE: The company has introduced a new TV spot created by Houston Effler Herstek & Favat, for its new Sky Rider basketball shoe starring Timberwolves forward Isaiah "J.R" Rider (ADVERTISING AGE, 11/28 issue). REEBOK: Today in Orlando, Reebok endorsers Shaquille O'Neal, Emmitt Smith and Frank Thomas shoot a TV ad that will air "globally" -- although Thomas and baseball references will not be included in European airings (Michael Hiestand, USA TODAY, 11/29). The company has also introduced a new line of basketball shoes and apparel built around NBA star Shawn Kemp. A TV spot by Leo Burnett began running last week (ADVERTISING AGE, 11/28 issue).