March 28, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Sports News
Nike China and Leisure Quest International one of the world’s leading developers and operators of leisure, sports and entertainment events will co-produce a high performance coaching clinic featuring the World’s #1 tennis Coach Brad Gilbert. The event is part of Nike’s successful Hall of Coaches program established by Nike in support of Chinese athletes and coaches preparing for the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Since its establishment, Nike’s Hall of Coaches has featured world famous sprinter Michael Johnson, Olympic Silver Medalist long distance runner Bernard Lagat and swimming sensation Aaron Peirsol. During the program, the athletes and their coaches share experiences and offer advice to help the Chinese Olympic teams improve as they prepare for the 2008 Olympic Summer Games being held in Beijing. The upcoming Hall of Coaches Featuring Brad Gilbert represents the first time the world’s top tennis coach will conduct a special, high performance coaching clinic for China’s top professional coaches. Earlier in the year Gilbert entered into an exclusive agreement with Leisure Quest International to conduct coaching clinics in China. The Nike hall of Coaches represents the first such clinic.

Leisure Quest International President Mark Driscoll said “ It is a pleasure to cooperate with Nike China and the Chinese Tennis Association to produce the Nike Hall of Coaches featuring Brad Gilbert. We have been planning our high performance coaching clinics with Brad and the Chinese Tennis Association for some time and we are pleased that Nike enthusiastically agreed to cooperate with us through their Hall of Coaches program.”

The Nike Hall of Coaches Featuring Brad Gilbert will take place April 3-5, 2006 in Beijing, China and is being sponsored by Nike in association with Leisure Quest International and the Chinese Tennis Association. The Chinese Tennis Association has arranged for over 40 of its top professional coaches to attend the 3 day clinic.

About Leisure Quest International, LLC
Leisure Quest International is one of the world’s leading developers and operators of leisure, sports and entertainment events. The company is headquartered at Universal City, Ca with regional headquarters located in Beijing China. Leisure Quest International organized and co-produced the highly successful “Serve for the Future” tennis clinic in 2005 in cooperation with the Chinese Tennis Association, which featured former tennis World # 1 Jim Courier. The Company is also developing a number of innovative sports events for China.

About Nike
NIKE, Inc. based in Beaverton, Oregon is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned Nike subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; Bauer NIKE Hockey Inc., a leading designer and distributor of hockey equipment; Cole Haan, a leading designer and marketer of luxury shoes, handbags, accessories and coats; Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories and Exeter Brands Group LLC, which designs and markets athletic footwear and apparel for the value retail channel.