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South Jersey Basketball:
American Water Works Company Kicks Off Annual
Hoops & Heroes High School Scholarship Program
Female High School Students Across the Country Compete for Chance to Attend Women's National Championship Basketball Game and $1,000 Scholarship

Monday, November 18, 2002

By Lisa Daniels
Manager, Corporate Communications

American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE:AWK) today kicked off Hoops & Heroes, an annual high school scholarship program designed to recognize and reward female basketball players for their athletic, academic and community achievements. Ten grand-prize winners from across the country will win a trip to see the 2003 NCAA Women's Final Four National Championship Semi-Final Games in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 6 and a $1,000 scholarship. First, second and third place regional winners will receive scholarship awards in the amount of $1,000, $500 or $250.

"We’re proud to play a part in supporting athletic and personal development programs for women and young girls,” said Marilyn Ware, chairman of the board, American Water Works Company. "The talent and accomplishments of these young women contribute to the growth of women in sports, and allows them the opportunity to share in the excitement of the Women's Final Four."

In its fourth consecutive year, Hoops & Heroes began as an effort to promote women’s sports and to invest in tomorrow’s leaders. The program is now an annual event, growing each year in popularity and participation. Past program speakers have included prominent sports figures, such as Robin Roberts of ESPN and Good Morning America!; Maryalyce Jeremiah, chair of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee; Anne Donovan, assistant basketball coach, Indiana Fever; Cathy Andruzzi, basketball TV commentator and former executive director, 2000 NCAA Women’s Final Four; and Michelle Marciniak of the Seattle Storm. Hoops & Heroes reaches out to over 900 high schools across the country.

Beginning this month, American Water Works will invite high school officials to nominate players on their basketball team to represent the school as its scholar-athlete “hero.” The Company is asking each applicant to write an essay, in 500 words or less, that describes “how participating in sports has contributed to my personal growth” and also answers the question: “If you could have lunch with any female leader or role model of today or in history, who would that be and why?” The students will submit their essays for final judging by a panel of distinguished community leaders from across the country.

American Water Works Company, Inc. is the largest publicly traded U.S. corporation devoted exclusively to the business of water. Its 6,600 associates provide water, wastewater, and other related services to more than 15 million people in 27 U.S. states and 3 Canadian provinces.

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