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Four College Fans Get The Shot Of a Lifetime ... Shooting Basketballs From The Goodyear Blimp
Thursday March 29, 3:54 pm ET

Goodyear Announces Contestants for the Goodyear 'Get There' Blimp Shot Contest

AKRON, Ohio, March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- After three weeks of grueling tournament play, four college basketball teams finally have a shot to "Get There" - to the national championship. And, in no less dramatic fashion, four lucky students representing their schools hope their world-record basketball shot from 500 feet away will also "Get There."

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today announced the four students who will compete in the Goodyear "Get There" Blimp Shot Contest taking place this Friday, March 30th, in the shadows of the Men's Division I college basketball tournament.

Stacey Freyer, a sophomore from Woodville, Ohio, will be representing Ohio State University. From Georgetown University will be Jennifer Hanson, a senior out of Turtle Lake, North Dakota. Chris Smith, a senior hailing from South Lake Tahoe, California, will represent UCLA. And, for the University of Florida is Alex Perez, a senior from Miami, Florida. The students were selected by their school's athletic department.

Goodyear will give each student the chance to shoot a regulation-size basketball at a 100-foot hoop target ... all while flying 500 feet over it in the Goodyear Blimp. Any student who makes the world's longest basketball shot will win the Goodyear "Get There" grand prize package: travel, accommodations and tickets for two to attend one of the sporting events where the Goodyear blimp will provide aerial coverage over the next 12 months. If no student is successful, each will receive a second attempt. Goodyear will have a referee on the ground to signal any successful attempt.

Freyer, who has always been a Buckeye fan, has served for the past two years in the Athletic Communications department as the student assistant covering the men's basketball team. The communications major, who dreamed of attending Ohio State since she was a young girl, has attended every home game this season in addition to witnessing the team's exciting victory in the Big 10 Championship.

Known as the UCLA Juggler, Smith travels with the Bruins to every game and performs his unique juggling act with the university band. The theater major's act has become so popular with fans that he's performed at the Rose Bowl and the Final Four as well as on ESPN and NBC Sports.

Cheering since the 7th grade, Hanson is a four-year cheerleader with Georgetown and she has been to every home men's basketball game this year. In addition to cheering her team into the sweet 16 of last year's tournament, she also cheers for the football and women's basketball teams.

Perez is a four-year member of the "Rowdy Reptiles," a classification given to only the biggest of Gator fans. He attended every home football and men's basketball game this season. Perez also traveled to last year's final four and SEC Tournament.

The contest is being conducted to help support Goodyear's new advertising campaign, which is built upon the theme of "Get There." Aided by the Goodyear blimp, one of the world's most familiar and popular corporate icons, the campaign features the "blimp pilots" who represent Goodyear's "eyes" from above, looking ahead to help drivers find a better way to "get there" to their destinations. Additionally, as the exclusive aerial coverage provider for CBS' broadcast of the 2007 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, Goodyear is providing views from above for more than 30 tournament games in eight cities across the country, including the Final Four and Championship. Not since the Olympic Games has Goodyear dedicated as many aerial assets over so many days to cover one event. Goodyear's "Get There" campaign will be seen throughout the year in key magazines, online and during high-profile sporting events and prime-time programming.

Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. The company manufactures tires, engineered rubber products and chemicals in more than 90 facilities in 28 countries around the world. Goodyear employs more than 75,000 people worldwide.

Source: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

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