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OLYMPIC NOTES: USOC DISTRIBUTES $1.25M IN COMPETITIVE GRANTS

     The USOC has announced the distribution of $1.25M in
competitive grants to community-based Multi-Sport Organizations,
Disabled Sports Organizations, and Affiliated Sports
Organizations.  Among the groups that will benefit from this
money includes the Boy Scouts of America, Blind Athletes, and
Wheelchair Sports USA (USOC)....ACOG announced the sale of the
one-millionth commemorative Olympic license plate (ACOG)....As
the holidays approach, ACOG is hoping to "propel" Olympic mascot
Izzy as a star to children ages 5-10 (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,
11/5)....A report in TIME indicates sports not sold out for
Atlanta include soccer, baseball, basketball and softball.  The
toughest ticket was fencing, due to small venue size (TIME, 11/13
issue)....BUSINESS WEEK reports on Coke's efforts to build a
virtual reality park in Atlanta for the Games.  There plans,
however, are being held up by three business on the proposed site
of the park (BUSINESS WEEK, 11/13 issue)....A record 172 national
Olympic committees have accepted invitations to send teams to
Atlanta (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 11/1).....The Columbia STATE
reports the economic impact on the area is building as more teams
say they will train in SC (Columbia STATE, 11/1).
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