|Team Monster Athletes to Participate in Panel Discussion at Titan Games in Atlanta|
Monster(R), the official online career management sponsor of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team, today officially announced Team Monster. Team Monster represents athletes who embody the career attributes and ambition that are at the foundation of Monster's U.S. Olympic initiatives. These athletes are focused on two common future goals - bringing home Olympic gold and achieving post-Olympic professional success. Monster is the leading global online careers site and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: MNST).
Comprised of athletes representing five Olympic sports, Team Monster consists of individuals who have achieved athletic excellence while keeping professional career aspirations in mind - the heart of Monster's U.S. Olympic movement. These athletes share the attributes employers seek when searching for qualified, talented candidates, such as teamwork and drive to attain personal and professional goals.
Monster also announced that one of its employees and the captain of Team Monster, Jimmy Pedro, qualified for his fourth consecutive U.S. Olympic Team at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Judo held this past weekend in San Jose, Calif. The Olympic bronze medalist (1996 Games, Atlanta) and the 1999 world champion in the sport of judo, Pedro retired from competition in 2000 and soon after became an integral player in the development of Monster's U.S. Olympic sponsorship program. In 2002, he made the difficult decision to return to competition, and now stands ready for a major comeback in Athens in his quest for gold.
Pedro's personal journey from judo to the workforce and then back to the mat enables him to provide inspiration and advice to other Olympians and professional athletes preparing to make their next career decision. Said Pedro, "After focusing all my time and energy on athletics, transitioning into the workforce after the Games in Sydney was a challenging experience. However, years of aggressive training and competition teach athletes like myself important traits - such as dedication, stamina and discipline - all of which are valuable assets when achieving one's professional goals."
Who is Team Monster?
In addition to Jimmy Pedro, Team Monster athletes include:
-- U.S. Olympic swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg captured three gold medals at the 2000 Olympic Games by setting Olympic records in both the 100m and 200m backstroke and was a world record-setting member of the 4x100 relay team. A graduate of the University of Southern California with a major in Finance and Investment, Lenny hopes to attain career success in the financial industry.
-- Patricia Miranda is currently training to compete in 2004 in the first-ever Olympic event for women's wrestling. She is slated to embark on yet another journey this fall when she starts law school at Yale University.
-- A member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team in Fencing, Keeth Smart shocked the world when he became the first American to reach a No. 1 world ranking in the sport in March 2003. Named to the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team in May, Keeth, who graduated from St. John's University in 2001 with a degree in finance, balances his busy training schedule with a full-time financial job with a major telecommunications firm in New York City.
-- Kevin Han, the sole U.S. badminton competitor at the 2000 Olympic Games, has the highest world ranking ever for the U.S. in the sport's history. A graduate of University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with a degree in Information Systems, Kevin hopes to use his bilingual language skills to land a job in international business.
Team Monster Panel Discussion to be Held in Atlanta
Team Monster will participate in a panel discussion on June 18, 2004 in conjunction with The Titan Games in Atlanta. The panel will address the challenges athletes face when transitioning into a professional career, how they define and achieve a new set of goals, and transferable skills desirable to employers. The panel, hosted by Monster, will take place at 2 p.m. in Atlanta's Chamber of Commerce Building. For additional information, please contact Kevin Mullins at 978-461-8751 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monster's New Advertising Campaign Focus
In addition to putting a face on Monster's U.S. Olympic Team sponsorship, two Team Monster athletes will be showcased in Monster's existing advertising campaign, "Portraits." First launched in February 2004 and developed by Deutsch, Inc. of New York, the new 15-second spots will feature the athletes as real-world job seekers in search of fulfilling work post-competition. The commercials will debut in July and air leading up to, and throughout, the Athens Olympic Games.
Monster's Olympic Sponsorship
Monster was the official online career management sponsor of the 2002 U.S. Olympic Team and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, and created the first-ever career management website designed exclusively for U.S. Olympic athletes and Olympic hopefuls. TeamUSAnet, a joint effort between Monster and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), features an assortment of career management tools including a resume builder, job search access, an Olympic mentoring network, and other distinctive content that caters specifically to athletes. It has now received over 1,900 profile entries from Olympic athletes and hopefuls since its creation.
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Monster is the leading global online careers property. A division of Monster Worldwide (NASDAQ: MNST), Monster works for everyone by connecting quality job seekers at all levels with leading employers across all industries. Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Maynard, Mass., Monster has 22 local language and content sites in 20 countries worldwide. Monster is the official online career management services sponsor of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team. More information is available at www.monster.com or by calling 1-800-MONSTER. To learn more about Monster's industry-leading employer products and services, please visit http://recruiter.monster.com.
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