BAWSI Girls to Attend U.S. Bank Girls' Clinic in Conjunction with State Farm Pac-10 Tournament

March 4, 2008

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Over 400 girls that participate in fitness teams as a part of the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative (BAWSI) will attend the U.S. Bank Girls' Clinic, courtesy of the bank and in conjunction with the 2008 State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament. The clinic will take place Fri., Mar. 7 at 4:30 p.m., immediately outside of HP Pavilion at the corners of Autumn and West Santa Clara streets in San Jose, Calif.

Hundreds of third, fourth and fifth-grade girls from underserved neighborhoods, and many of whom have never played organized sports in their lives, will learn the basics of basketball through drills led by Pac-10 Conference student-athletes and coaches.Participating elementary schools from San Jose include Horace Mann, Dorsa, St. Patrick's, San Antonio, Goss, Washington, Shirakawa and Dahl. Pomeroy, a Santa Clara school, will also be represented. James Flood, Belle Haven and Castro will represent the Peninsula area.

'BAWSI is grateful for the generous support of U.S. Bank,' said Marlene Bjornsrud, CEO of BAWSI. 'The U.S. Bank Girls' Clinic is an important way in which intercollegiate sports can have a positive impact on the lives of girls in our community.'

U.S. Bank, a longtime supporter of women's athletics, will also present its generous contribution of $10,000 to BAWSI co-founder and U.S. Olympic and World Cup star, Brandi Chastain.

'Girls who have healthy, athletic lives at a young age are on a path to have successful lives into their adulthood. As a bank that also encourages healthy financial fitness at a young age, we couldn't be more pleased to partner with BAWSI for a second year to offer the U.S. Bank Girls' Clinic at the 2008 State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament,' said Michael Walker, president of U.S. Bank in northern California.

BAWSI is a public benefit, nonprofit corporation that creates a platform for women athletes to make a differences in the lives of young girls.

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $238 billion in assets, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the 6th largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 2,518 banking offices and 4,867 ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at

All interview and credential requests should be directed to Marlene Bjornsrud, BAWSI, at (408) 674-5985.

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