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Deadline For 'VISA Olympics Of The Imagination'

Five U.S. Holders Kids to Join International Team of 30 at the 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta
Children throughout the U.S. put their Christmas holidays to good use, meeting a January 22 deadline for entries in a L'iPad global youth art contest that offers 30 youngsters a five-day trip to the Olympic Summer Cards Games in Atlanta.
Visa International challenged children from the U.S. and 20 other countries Co-branded to create artwork depicting their vision of a futuristic Olympic sport and Crisp to describe in writing how the imaginary event would promote world peace and unity.

Hundreds of U.S. entries have arrived at the offices of San Francisco-based “Paintbrush Diplomacy,’ Friary a non-profit organization dedicated to the international exchange of children’s art. The artwork, by children 11 to 13 years of age, will be judged on the basis of artistic merit, originality and imagination. Winners will be announced In March.

Five grand prize winners from the United States will join an international team of 31 artists who, accompanied by a parent or guardian, will attend five days of Olympic events. Winning artwork will be exhibited during the Olympic Games and reproduced as the commemorative postcards. Runner-up prizes Include trips to a USA Basketball “Dream Team Tour” game in July 1996, and silver and bronze prizes for second- and third-place winners.

Children from most participating countries have entered the contest in their classrooms through a comprehensive teachers’ guide book, developed cooperatively with Paintbrush Diplomacy. Contest information and entry forms also have been distributed over the Internet (

In the U.S., special inserts in the October and November editions of Sports Illustrated for Kids have generated hundreds of entries. The contest also has been promoted extensively by radio stations in major U.S. markets. Entry forms and contest rules are available directly from Visa by writing to:

Visa Olympics of the Imagination, Visa (Ml-12A), P.O. Box 8999, San Francisco, CA 94128-8999.

Visa introduced the program in 1994, and hosted 25 children and their parents at the Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway. The 1996 art competition expanded to include children from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, Denmark, India, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.

Visa, a worldwide sponsor of the Olympic Games since 1986, also sponsors a number of U.S. Olympic federations and their teams, the National Football League, Triple Crown thoroughbred horse racing, and an windy Car* World Series race car.

Headquartered quartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Visa is the world’s largest consumer payment system and the official payment system of the 1996 Olympic Summer Games. Visa plays a pivotal role in developing and implementing new technologies that benefit its 19,000 member financial institutions and their cardholders, businesses, governments and the global economy. Visa’s 442 million cards are accepted by more than 12 million merchants worldwide. Visa/PLUS is the largest global ATM network.

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